Culinary Spanish Invasion At Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Viva Espãna!

This information originated in UK English.

March 03, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -  The many flavours of Spain are here at Hilton Kuala Lumpur from 2nd to 8th April 2009. Iconic Spanish figures consisting of Chefs, wine makers, fashion designers, flamenco dancers have all joined forces with the Hilton KL culinary team to celebrate Viva España!, an authentic extravaganza of Spanish food, lifestyle and culture.

During the seven day extravaganza which sees both Tourism Madrid and the Spanish Tourist Office as the Official Sponsors, a wide spectrum of mouth-watering Spanish cuisine and wines will be showcased with live demos, cooking workshops and wine dinners by leading chefs like One Michelin Star Chef Paco Roncero from Madrid as well as Spain’s leading Premium Winemaker Alvaro Palacios will be on hand to share expert advice during wine dinners and wine master classes.

To start the week-long event, the Opening Launch of Viva España! on Thursday, 2nd April 09 will be marked with a passionate flamenco performance by a top flamenco dance troupe specially flown in from Spain. This will be followed by a cocktail reception that will feature all the guest chefs and winemakers – a teaser of things to come.

Also at the launch will be celebrated Spanish high-street fashion label Bimba & Lola with newly opened outlets in Pavilion, Gardens and One Utama who will put on a fashion show displaying their designs that are known for their original, effortless and unpretentious style.

Be it to try the exquisite flavours of Spanish food and wine, expose yourselves to Spanish high fashion or discover the passion of flamenco, join us at Hilton Kuala Lumpur between 2nd to 8th April 2009 as we take you on an ultimate gourmet and lifestyle journey, the Spanish way! 

Discovering Madrid with Chef Paco RonceroChef Paco Roncero’s Set Dinner with Wine Pairing
1st – 4th April I Senses I RM 450 ++

Chef Paco Roncero (La Terraza del Casino, Madrid, Spain) - Considered as Ferrán Adrià's most outstanding disciple, one-Michelin star Executive Chef of Madrid’s La Terraza del Casino in Madrid, Paco Roncero is a molecular gastronomy specialist who sees food in a very different way from others. His interest in the forms and textures of food allowed Roncero to discover the fun in experimenting with the presentation of modern cuisine.

Chef Paco Roncero will be hosting a series of wine dinners and conducting molecular gastronomy demonstrations for professional chefs at Senses to demonstrate his signature dishes. This is a great opportunity for participants to learn from the finest and obtain handy tips that will help you cook like a master at home. 

Paco Roncero’s Molecular Gastronomy Demonstration for Professional Chefs3rd April I Senses I 3pm - 5pm I RM180 nett

Some call cooking an art, while others call it a science. Learn to combine both at Chef Paco Roncero’s molecular demonstration, where he fuses his interest in geometry and gastronomy into amazing edible works of art.

A Taste of Spain with Chef Javier Sancha and Chef Sergi Millet
Spanish Themed Buffet
2nd – 8th April I Sudu I
Lunch : RM 88++ buffet Only,  with mains: 109++ / 119++ / 129++  
Dinner :  RM 88++ buffet Only,  with mains: 109++ / 119++ / 129++

Chef Javier Sancha (El Pastor Restaurant) - El Pastor has been regarded as one of the region's best Asadores - a type of restaurant named for the wood-burning brick oven at its heart.  Mason El Pastor is most well known for their extraordinary Lechazo Asado which is roast suckling lamb.
Chef Javier Sancha has presided over the restaurant’s kitchen for the past 15 years and carries on the Sancha tradition of producing arguably the most tender and succulent roast meats in Spain.

Chef Sergi Millet (Mas Rabell Restaurant) - For a more familiar taste, Sergi Millet, head chef of Miguel Torres’s private restaurant Mas Rabell at Torres Winery returns to this part of the world after having been Executive Chef at La Bodega and Telawi Street Bistro.

Sergi has worked with various iconic chefs namely Ferran Adria and Oriol Balaguer (named best pastry Chef in Barcelona), which has influenced his style of cooking and raised the level of Spanish cuisine at Mas Rabell - (2006 American Wine & Spirits Magazine - “Best Winery Restaurant in Spain”).

Chef Sergi Millet together with Chef Javier Sancha will preside over the main courses for the Spanish themed buffet at Sudu from 2nd to 8th April.

Chef Javier Sancha Culinary Masterclass* 6th April I Senses I 9.30am – 12 noon I RM160 nett

Taste the over a decade long culinary traditions of Chef Javier Sancha as he shares some of his best culinary secrets during this special culinary masterclass.

Sergi Millet’s Culinary Masterclass*7th April I Senses | 9.30am – 12 noon I RM160 nett

With a wealth of experience gained from running Mas Rabell, Sergi Millet knows what it means to be good at cooking. Tips on Catalan recipes will be shared, so get ready your paper and pens!

*Culinary Masterclasses are inclusive of lunch and a glass of paired wine, chef’s apron and hat, and recipes.

WINE DINNERSShowcasing some of the world’s finest wines, these dinners pit the mastery of the visiting masterchefs with only the biggest names in the wine-industry. Experience the accompanying facet of a paired dinner where the menu is prepared with the wines in mind.

Romancing Alvaro Palacios 3rd & 4th April I Senses I RM 450++

Great food naturally goes with fine wines. Spain’s most celebrated Winemaker of Priorat, young and charismatic – Alvaro Palacios will be pairing his wines with the culinary inspirations of one-Michelin star Chef Paco Roncero.

If anyone embodies the promise & spirit of “The New Spain,” it is Alvaro Palacios.

Coming from a prestigious wine family in La Rioja, Spain, Alvaro Palacios made his way up as a prominent winemaker and in 1989, founded his own winery, in the Mediterranean wine region of Priorat, south of Barcelona in Tarragona. Let Palacios show you the marvel of Spanish wines, enchanting you with an array of produces from his winery.

Indulge in a 5-course dinner paired with top choices of wine by Alvaro Palacios himself.

“East Meets West” Chinese Cuisine with the Wines of Torres4th April I Chynna I RM 350++

For decades, the wines of Miguel Torres have been included on the best restaurant wine lists around the world. Southwest of Barcelona in Penedes, Miguel Torres is Spain’s largest independently owned winery, and the largest exporter of still wines to over 90 countries. The Torres wine dinner aims to emphasize and reactivate those senses that normally remain locked in the background of our experiences. You will experience a “once in a lifetime” tutored wine and food tasting by the Sommelier and Brand Ambassador of Miguel Torres, Violaine Creuze. Listen & taste as she matches exquisite Spanish & Cantonese cuisine and modern grape varieties to the culinary inspirations of Sergi Millet and Chynna’s Executive Chinese Chef Lam Hock Hin.
The Wines of Torres Dinner
7th April I Senses I RM 380++

Spend an evening with Violaine Creuze, Brand Ambassador for Miguel Torres as she brings you a fruitful sharing session on vintages of Torres. Together with Chef Sergi Millet and Violaine Creuze, these wines will be paired with fine cuisines, presenting to guests the exceptional characteristics of Torres wines. All of Torres best produces. A mystery menu will be unveiled to challenge and amaze your senses. An experience to be remembered!

Siguras Viudas Cava Wine Dinner paired with Japanese Cuisine6th April I Iketeru | RM 350++

Superb rich style Cava, is a long favourite with many satisfied customers. Segura Viudas is made by Freixenet, one of the biggest names in Spanish sparkling wines. Diego Jiminez, Director of Australasia for Freixenet will be co-hosting a dinner together with Chef Javier Sancha to match the best of Segura Viudas with his delightful culinary creations.

SPANISH WINE MASTERCLASSESFeaturing some of the finest pours from renowned wineries – Alvaro Palacios and Torres just to name a few. Facilitate
d by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s wine sommelier Roderick Wong and the winemakers/brand ambassadors of the respective wineries, they will share the intricacies of their creations.

Mas La Plana Vertical Tasting4th AprilI I 3pm I RM80++ I Vintage Bank

Discover the intriguing & limited quantities of Torres’ most prestigious red wine, now known to connoisseurs all over the world – Torres Mas La Plana

What made this Cabernet Sauvignon triumphed over some of the most famous wines in the world, including Chateau Latour in the Paris Wine Olympiad. This success has been repeated on several other occasions, with Gran Coronas Mas La Plana notching up numerous other international awards.

We are proud to present for the first time in Malaysia a vertical tasting of Mas La Pana 1982, 1988, 1993, 1999 & 2005. Presented by Violaine Creuze, Brand Ambassador / Sommelier of Torres.

Maestro Alvaro PalaciOS4th April I 5pm I RM80++ I Vintage Bank

Alvaro Palacios, one of the few young & new winemakers who have brought Spain into the world wine market with his wines from Alvaro Palacios. Only two region in Spain which are recognized with the highest classification of DOCa – Rioja & Priorat.

Alvaro Palacios wines is regarded by many as amongst the best wines of Priorat
In 1995, the flow of critical praise for Alvaro’s L’Ermita began, & it hasn’t stopped. But while L’Ermita has received most of the attention, Alvaro produces two other wines compelling in their own rights: Finca Dofí & Les Terrasses. Be enthralled by the young, charismatic & visionary winemaker – Alvaro Palacios, as he brings us to a world of discovery of the wines of Alvaro Palacios.

The Wonder of Cava5th April I 3pm I RM80++ I Vintage Bank

What is Cava? What makes this unique style of sparkling so special in Spain & how are they made?

Diego Jimenez, a member of the Ferrer family who are a majority owner of the Freixenet Group will be on hand to introduce the Wonder of Cava. Segura Viudas regarded as amongst one of the leading Cava house in Penedes is today a part of the Freixenet Group.


Celebrate Club Z ladies night with Torres Vina Esmeralda
2nd April I Zeta Bar 

A special treat for all Club Z ladies! As a welcome drink, the first 200 ladies to arrive will receive a limited edition Torres Vina Esmeralda wine bottle. 

Live! Venenciador Theatrics
2nd – 8th April I 6pm – 9pm I Vintage Bank

Experience a unique way to enjoy a glass of Sherry served by Jesus Delgado, Jerez’s leading Venenciador. An especially popular practice in Jerez and with the flair of a Flamenco dancer, sherry is poured using a venencia, a thin cup on a long stick which is then poured from above the head of the venenciador. A pretty spectacular performance not to be missed given that sherry glasses are very small targets.

Spanish Wines at Cosmo Lounge
2nd – 8th April I Cosmo Lounge

Cosmo Lounge will feature wine flights from Spain’s best vineyards from 2nd – 8th April 09. In addition, Spanish wines will be sold by the glass throughout the Hotel.

Notes to editor:

Viva España! – Participating Master Chefs:
•    Chef Paco Roncero – Awarded Chef of the Future by the International Academy of Gastronomy and earned a one Michelin star in 2002.
•    Chef Javier Sancha – From Spain’s famed El Pastor Restaurant
•    Chef Sergi Millet – Executive Chef of Miguel Torres Mas Rabell Restaurant, the estate restaurant of Torres winery

Viva España! – Participating Wine Personalities:
•    Alvaro Palacios - Spain’s leading Premium Winemaker
•    Diego Jimenez – Representative of Segura Viudas
•    Violaine Creuze – Brand Ammbassador and Sommelier of Bodegas Torres

Viva España! - Special attractions:

•    Spectacular wine dinners throughout the week
•    Cooking classes with Master Chefs
•    Sunday Brunch with all three Master Chef’s cuisine on offer with Spanish wines to complement
•    Japanese Cava brunch at Sudu
•    Flamenco performance on Opening Night
•    Daily demonstrations by Jesus Delgado, Jerez’s leading Venenciador. 
•    A Fashion show by high street Spanish fashion label, Bimba & Lola showcased by runway models on Opening Night

Sharon Kong
PR & Events Manager
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Tel Number: (603) 2264 2715
Fax Number: (603) 2274 9725

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