KUCHING: The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here has appointed Tawfeeq Seow as executive chef.
Seow completed his training in Kuala Lumpur before beginning his career, where he gained experience in food safety management, high volume catering, fine dining and restaurant management.
“Chef Tawfeeq has built a career spanning three decades in countries across the globe, gathering experiences in Malaysia, Russia, France, Uzbekistan, Brunei, Singapore and various provinces in China. He brings with him the rich and unique tastes from his experiences throughout Asia and Europe.
“During the 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow, the predecessor of the Youth Olympic Games, he oversaw the production of over 18,000 covers a day for the athletes and their teams. He went on to continue providing for high volume guests over the years, making him a seasoned veteran in this area, never compromising the quality of his food for quantity of his patrons,” BCCK said in a statement on Monday (Dec 14).
While his expertise lies not only in catering to large crowds, it really shines in fine dining. In 2005, Seow was a chef at Le Céladon, a Michelin star restaurant in Paris.
Throughout his career, he has also cooked in restaurants in major hotel franchises across the globe such as Hyatt Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott and Shangri-La.
With his appointment, he intends to bring out an authentic character to match the unique identity of BCCK, through food.
“I would especially like to focus on highlighting local ingredients, while also revitalising well-known and well-loved cuisine in a modern and trendy way that is appealing to everyone,” said Seow.
Meanwhile, BCCK chief executive officer Eric van Piggelen said, “We are pleased to welcome Tawfeeq to Kuching, and to our team here at BCCK. Food has been a cornerstone of our Centre for many years, and we look forward to the amazing new innovations and creative cuisines that Chef Tawfeeq will be bringing to the table.”