Interview with Chef Felice Martinelli

It’s no secret that Spasso Milano is one of our favourite Italian restaurants in KL and the Chef, Chef Felice Martinelli (or Felix, as he likes to be called) heads the kitchen there. Over the course of dining at Spasso, we have found Chef Felice a really cool and friendly guy who has a wealth […]

Interview with Chef Mustapha Benhadou


Today’s Chef in the Spotlight is someone I met at the recent food tasting at Casbah, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Starting out as an adventurous man who had a deep passion for outdoor activities especially camping, Chef Mustapha often cooks for his friends. Ever since he laid his hands on cooking, there […]

Interview with Executive Chef Steven Grande


During our stay at Karma Kandara Uluwatu, Bali, we had the pleasure of getting acquainted with the food at the diMare restaurant and on one occasion, we meet up with the Chef. We spoke to him about being featured on the Chef in the Spotlight segment of Cumi & Ciki Blog and he very kindly […]

Interview with John Teo of MyCookbook

Sunway Giza Mall, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Starting a new restaurant concept that succeeds is a challenging task.  Cumi & Ciki speak to John Teo who explains how to do it right. His company, New Convox, has launched a very interesting dining concept called My Cookbook. If you are someone who is thinking about starting a restaurant or creating a new kind […]

Interview with Chef Edwin Yau

This week’s Chef in the Spotlight is Chef Edwin Yau of Shuraku and Daikanyama in Kuala Lumpur. He tutored under Master Chef Yoshio Nogawa of Sushi Kaiseki Nogawa Restaurant, a pioneering Japanese restaurant in Singapore, where he honed his skills as a chef. He worked his way up to Master Chef, and his passion for […]

Interview with Chef Q of Ishin

Today’s Chef in the Spotlight goes by the name of Chef Q and he is the owner of a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Ishin on Old Klang Road. That’s not his real surname but everybody know him as Chef Q and he is one helluva fantastic Kaiseki Chef. So what is Kaiseki? Well, it is […]

Anna Olson & the Electrolux party

If girls are made of Sugar and Spice and all things nice, then this lady here must be the sweetest girl in town! I am talking about, none other than the Sugar queen herself, Ms Anna Olson. Born 1968 in Atlanta, Georgia, Anna is a professionally trained pastry chef and she currently resides in the […]

Interview with Chef Marcel Kofler

Today’s Chef in the Spotlight is someone I met at the Norwegian Seafood Gala dinner. He was responsible for co-preparing that night’s wonderful spread with Chef Frank Naesheim and what a fantastic spread that was. He is non other than Chef Marcel Kofler, the executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental KL. Chef Marcel Kofler who was […]

Interview with Chef Michael Elfwing

This week’s Chef in the Spotlight is a talented Chef as well as dear friend , Michael Elfwing -Chef de Cuisine of Senses, KL Hilton. If you see the previous post on Dimsum at Elegant Inn, we actually had lunch together and I managed to see the fun and laid-back side to Michael .. when […]

Interview with Chef Max Chin

Seared Scallops with Mushroom Melange and Truffle Jus

Today’s Chef in the Spotlight is none other than Max Chin, better known as just Max.. a super-talented chef who owned and ran Max! Kitchen and Wines Restaurant before moving his restaurant to a more spacious location that was known as Max @iHaus Western Dining, Wines & Events. He is on the precipice of change, […]

Interview with Chef Samuele Alvisi

When foodies in Kuala Lumpur talk these days, its always about “oh, I’m going to Il Lido for lunch, or I just came back from dinner at il Primo.. or I’m off to Lafite for my tête-à-tête”. Well Cumi & Ciki have decided to make it their mission to find out, what makes these wonderful […]

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