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Gourmet for the Greater Good!
Kuala Lumpur, 9 December 2008

The Chefs’ Charity Auction, in aid of the Tuanku Najihah Foundation, was a hotbed of action and excitement, as interested bidders battled it out to the finish line, in the attempt to nab their favourite chefs. Chief Celebrity Auctioneer Justin Sampson did a marvellous job of maneuvering the bidding process, edging the auction figures higher and higher until they took a life of their own.

The auction was divided into four separate rounds, to allow for each of the 28 chefs to have his or her moment in the sun. Some of the chefs, such as Chef Kaneez of Kabab & Qaurma (who was snapped up by the intrepid Dato’ Zulkifly Hj. Mustapha) were extremely calm and laidback during the bidding process. Chefs Dirk Haltenhof and Bong Jun Choi of the Mandarin Oriental on the other hand, goofed around animatedly, as Mercedes Benz Vice President, Mr Rainer Schaefer worked doggedly to finally claim his dinner with them.

But it was Chef Michael Elfwing of the Hilton KL, who really set temperatures soaring, so intense was the competition for his culinary talents. He was finally auctioned off for the record-breaking sum of RM40,000. In total, a staggering RM315,000 was donated to the Tuanku Najihah Foundation.

 
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