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Friday, November 6, 2015

Signature Food Fest closes with recognition awards

Congratulation to all Signature Awards recipient

October was truly a month to celebrate food as food lovers indulged in even more sumptuous delights at The Signature Food Fest showcase held on 10 - 11 October 2015 at Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Concourse area. The event marked the start of a 3-week food fest from 10 – 31 October 2015 where participating restaurants, cafes and bistros offered their signature dish to be savored and voted the best in various categories.

Invited guest start to fill in the function hall

KK city is known as a laidback, friendly city and is home to a kaleidoscope of mixed races of Sabah natives, Chinese, Bruneian, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Western folk as well. This cultural mix is the result of our city’s history and community from the time it was known as Jesselton – until it became Kota Kinabalu when Malaysia was formed in 1963.

Invited guest arrive in casual and glamours 

As our city grew, so did its population. People from different backgrounds and origins who travelled to KK and fell in love with our city life here, 

Lucky draw session before the arrival of our Guest Of Honor
Special thanks to Oceanus Waterfront Mall for sponsoring all the cash shopping voucher
Lucky Draw session draw by Mr Johnson Koh (Oceanus Waterfront Mall Executive Director)

Congratulations to our lucky draw winner


Congratulations to our lucky draw winner


Congratulations to our lucky draw winner


Congratulations to our lucky draw winner

brought along their own staple foods, which can now be enjoyed by everyone.

The arrival of Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun (Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah) Escorted by Datuk Gordon Leong (Front) , Mr Johnson Koh (Oceanus Waterfront Mall Executive Director) and Mr Geoffrey Lee (Oceanus Waterfront Mall CEO)

Therefore the kind of food featured in The Signature Food Fest 2nd edition is in fact, a showcase of the variety of delicious food now available in KK and we are proud to have been able to bring them all together in this event.

Opening Speech by Mr Alfred Allen Ginsos The organizer Chairman (Eleventh Avenue Media Marketing) 

Here our list of Signature participants:
1) AppleBurgundy Grill & Bar
2) CHUBS GRILL
3) GK Grillz Kitchen (Kepayan Point)
4) Legend Coffee Tea (Oceanus Waterfront Mall Outlet)
5) Mad Ben Café
6) Passio Coffee
7) Print Café (Karamunsing Complex Outlet)
8) Sakagura Japanese Restaurant
9) Shoney’s Dining & Bar
10) The ONE Hong Kong Cafe

Warm speech by Mr Johnson Koh (Oceanus Waterfront Mall Executive Director)

This year we also introduced the Signature Awards to appreciate all the participating restaurants.

1) Best Ambiance
2) Best Customer Service
3) Best Signature Menu
4) Best Combination Menu
5) Facebook Most Popular
6) Outstanding Chef

Speech by Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun (Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah)

The judging mechanism is covered in 3 parts by our invited judges, votes by patrons and through social media. We were fortunate to have Datuk Gordon Leong as our Chief Judge and Mr Rory Richardson, the founder of English Tea House, as our second judge. The organizer himself Mr Alfred Allen also participated throughout the food judging process.

memento to Yang Berhomat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, A special engrave chopping board to Datuk seri to appreciate his presence at the Signature Awards night

Tonight we witness the healthy competition between all the participating restaurants to bring out the best of their culinary expertise. The Signature awards objectively judges every aspect of a restaurant, pointing out both the good and areas that can be improved in a constructive and helpful manner. The judging was done through personally visiting the restaurants to assess them based on set criteria and sampling the signature menus so if a restaurant gets a good value point, you know they deserved it.

Datuk Gordon Leong on behalf of The Signature Food Fest organizer presenting the memento to Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun

Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah will present the awards to all winners.

All awards equally important and we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to all the winners.


1) Best Ambiance (We have a tie) – Sakagura Japanese Restaurant and Shoney’s Dining & Bar.

2) Best Customer Service – Sakagura Japanese Restaurant

3) Best Signature Menu – GK Grillz Kitchen

4) Best Combination Menu – Shoney’s Dining & Bar

5) Outstanding Chef – Sakagura Japanese Restaurant

6) Facebook Most Popular –

1st Shoney’s Dining & Bar

2nd GK Grillz Kitchen

3rd The ONE Hong Kong Café

Recipient for
BEST AMBIANCE
Sakagura Japanese Restaurant & Shoney's Dining & Bar


Recipient for
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
Sakagura Japanese Restaurant

Recipient for
BEST SIGNATURE MENU
GK Grillz Kitchen


Recipient for
BEST COMBINATION MENU
Shoney's Dining & Bar

Recipient for
OUTSTANDING CHEF
Sakagura Japanese Restaurant

There are two new categories of award added to appreciate the efforts by all participants of The Signature Food Fest.

1) Best Value For Money – The ONE Hong Kong Café

Recipient for
New Added Categories
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
The ONE Hong Kong Cafe

And as suggested by Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun to appreciate the restaurant with the best use of local products, the second additional category is:

1) Best Local Food Promotion – AppleBurgundy Grill & Bar

Recipient for 
New Added Categories
BEST LOCAL FOOD PROMOTION
AppleBurgundy Grill & Bar

Congratulation to all winners!

Special thanks go out to our Official Venue Sponsor Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Official Printing Sponsor The Orange Channel, and Official Magazine FAVSTYLE Magazine. The event is co-organized by KK Food Event Dot Com, supported by Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, and in-support of “Year of Festivals 2015” by Malaysia Tourism board.

Congratulation to all the Awards Recipient

Reporter interview Datuk Seri for current tourism update and issue

We would also like to thank the local media for their support and for highlighting this Signature awards night event. For more info you can visit www.facebook.com/SignatureFoodFest or contact mobile number 0149575738. Email kkfoodevent@gmail.com

Sakagura Japanese Restaurant receive
1) Best Ambiance Awards
2) Best Customer Service Awards
3) Outstanding Chef Awards


Shoney's Dining & Bar receive
1) Best Ambiance Awards
2) Best Combination Menu Awards
3) Facebook Most Popular (Champion)

GK Grillz Kitchen receive
1) Best Signature Menu Awards
2) Facebook Most Popular (1st Runner-Up)

The ONE Hong Kong Cafe receive
1) Best Value For Money Awards
2) Facebook Most Popular (2nd Runner-Up)

AppleBurgundy Grill & Bar receive
1) Best Local Food Promotion Awards


After function party at Sakagura Japanese Restaurant
Group photo 

Mr Alfred Allen Ginsos photo together with Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun
at Sakagura Japanese Restaurant


The Signature Food Fest 3rd Edition 2016
Open for participation on the 3rd of March 2016

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