KDU UC Showcases Culinary & Hospitality Innovations

(L-R) Mr. Shanker A/L Sathivellu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Administration of KDU University College, Mr. Luca Del Gais, General Manager of Qualitalia Food and Mr. Jamie Maed, General Manager of Hilton Kuala Lumpur, enjoying cocktails at the speciallybuilt ice bar.  SHTCA students preparing and serving frozen hazelnut popcorns to delighted guests 
SHAH ALAM, 1 April 2015 – The dynamic landscape of the hospitality, tourism and culinary industry is ever-morphing – something that KDU University College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) understands only too well, as was evidenced at its industry preview held last Thursday at its flagship campus in Utropolis, Glenmarie.  

At the preview attended by movers and shakers of the Malaysian hospitality and culinary industry, KDU’s SHTCA showcased its brand-new facilities and highlighted how these new culinary studios, kitchens, laboratories and suites played a role in educating, developing and shaping the minds of future hospitality and culinary professionals.   

Guests were also treated to an icy cocktail experience at a specially-built ice bar, the first ever done by an education institution. The ice bar, which consisted of more than 100 ice blocks and took some 250 hours to construct, was built by KDU UC Chef Lecturer Hamiruddin Nazir and his students.  

Occupying a space of over 65,000 square feet at an investment of RM12 million – the biggest culinary kitchen in an education institution in the country – KDU’s SHTCA facilities are a reflection of evolving industry innovations and standards.  

Facilities include culinary lecture theatres equipped with kitchenettes, a butchery, pastry kitchens with a sugar works room and a chocolate room; an ice carvery; a fruit carvery, cake designing rooms as well as a molecular kitchen, coffee laboratory, beverage laboratory, mock hotel suite and housekeeping laboratory. 

KDU UC’s SHTCA also features three public restaurants to give students real-world experience dealing with diners. The restaurants include fine-dining Dewakan, which is now open for lunch and dinner, as well as casual dining restaurants Mirabelle and Saveur, and 8ighty 7even by Coffex, serving fine coffees.

Ms. Kitty Lee, Head of SHTCA at KDU University College, explained, “KDU’s ethos is about being a real world university meeting real world needs. This was at the forefront of our mind when developing plans for the SHTCA facilities at KDU Utropolis. We looked at how the culinary and hospitality industry was developing around the world, and we designed our facilities to replicate those found in top restaurants and international-standard hotels.  

“Take, for example, our coffee laboratory, a facility new to SHTCA. The coffee culture in Malaysia is exploding and consumers are becoming more educated on the different roasts and types of coffee. With this coffee laboratory, we ensure our students are not simply trained to be baristas; they also become experts at evaluating and appreciating different coffee beans and all things caffeinated,” she said. 

“The ice-carvery is another example of how we are tapping into our 28-year track record for grooming industry-ready graduates. Many consider ice-carving to be a dying art, but it is a much-needed skill to be considered an all-round culinary specialist. Our specially designed ice-carving laboratory, the one and only in the country, is one of the many ways we ensure we groom KDU graduates to hit the ground running.”  

 The industry preview was held not only to highlight KDU’s brand new hospitality and culinary facilities, but also as an appreciation to its industry partners and sponsors.  

Kitty also said that the school was grateful for the continued support of its industry partners. “It speaks volumes that our partners have not only been very supportive of the school, but have also sponsored some of the suites and equipment as part of the school’s facilities. Our partners include Coffex, who worked with us to establish the coffee bar, and Hotel Equatorial, who sponsored the mock hotel suite.” 

To find out more about KDU University College and the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, go to www.kdu.edu.my or call 03-5565 0538 (KDU University College, Utropolis, Glenmarie) / 03-7953 6688 (KDU College, Damansara Jaya)
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