The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia is delighted to announce the 2022 edition of The Chef Series. This year the focus is on Malaysia, bringing the best of eclectic Malaysian dining experiences to guests of the resort.
The Chef Series is a signature dining experience of The Datai Langkawi, it has previously welcomed culinary luminaries such as Michel and Sébastien Bras, Michel Roux, Nils Henkel, and other acclaimed Michelin-starred Chefs from around the world, showcasing their peerless talent to guests in the beautiful setting of the resort’s ancient rainforest.
‘Eclectic Malaysia’ takes its cue from the Malaysian fine dining scene with a programme featuring six local and international Chefs with restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, representing the acclaimed and the vanguard in the multi-ethnic country. This distinguished selection not only reflects the diversity of cuisines and cultures so alluringly characteristic of Malaysia, but also incorporates more recent gastronomic and cultural influences from abroad, with culinary styles spanning traditional, modern and new wave Malaysian, as well as creative takes on international cuisine.
The six Chefs that will take residence at The Datai Langkawi over the course of 2022 are:
- 06-07 January: Chef Johnson Wong from Gēn restaurant in Penang
- 25-27 February, Chef Makoto Saito Sam from Sushi Hibiki in Kuala Lumpur
- 22-23 April: Chef Azli Ahmad from OpenHouse in Kuala Lumpur
- 17-18 June: Chef Raymond Tham from Beta and Skillet in Kuala Lumpur
- 18-19 August: Chef Masashi Horiuchi from Entier in Kuala Lumpur
- 06-07 October: Chef Sricharan Venkatesh from Nadodi in Kuala Lumpur
The Datai Langkawi has a beautiful variety of settings to impeccably host and create the perfect ambience to augment these different cuisines: from The Dining Room, overlooking the rainforest with views of Tarutao Island in the distance; to the oceanfront at The Beach Club, against the backdrop of the mountains; to the award-winning The Gulai House, built in the traditional Malay kampung house style for an authentic dining experience.
The ‘Eclectic Malaysia’ edition of The Chef Series launches in January with Chef Johnson Wong, one of Malaysia’s most innovative and exciting young talents. Chef Wong will take up residency at The Datai on 6 and 7 January 2022 to present a gastronomic menu in which traditions and tastes from the past are imbued with new life through a deft infusion of contemporary innovations.
Chef Wong’s philosophy is to combine exceptional local ingredients with subtly nuanced flavours derived from Malaysia’s diverse cuisines. Uniting flair with invention, his culinary creations are unexpected and entirely refreshing, creating a sophisticated taste that is at once novel, yet hints at joyous nostalgic flavours and memories from the past.
Graduating from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School in Sydney in 2008, Chef Wong’s career trajectory included Rockpool in Sydney, Joel Robuchon in Macau, and the two Michelin-starred Noma in Denmark, as well as stints in Dubai and Paris. In 2015, he returned to Malaysia to undertake the role of Head Chef at Macalister Mansion hotel in Penang.
Chef Wong is looking forward to his residency at the rainforest resort and comments: “I love The Datai Langkawi, where the abundant island is teeming with fish and wildlife. The magic in Langkawi flavour lies in its seafoods, spices and herbs.”