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Backed by the Aeroline bus and surrounded by the stars of the Festival are Jeffrey Perera, Country Manager for Malaysia, Visa International, Datuk Dr. Victor Wee, Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism and Steve Day, Organizing Chairman, The KL International Gourmet Festival
Mercedes Benz, the official car of the Festival displays a CLS 350 model to the chefs’ delight

Anticipation for the KL International Gourmet Festival 2005 continues to rise as the city’s hottest, most prestigious food and fine dining event draws closer.

Every fine dining establishment taking part in this year’s Festival is even now still coming up with more and more special offers to pamper, tease and please the taste buds (and other senses) of Festival diners. Whip out your schedule planners and mark November 11 to December 8 as a special period to abandon any form of dieting – it is going to be an utterly blissful 28 days for all diners!

At the Festival’s recent media launch, members of the media got a sneak peek at the stars of KLIGF 2005, as all 23 Master Chefs participating were unveiled. Among the many guests present at the event was guest of honour Datuk Dr Victor Wee, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism who congratulated the organizer of KLIGF and said how important this Festival is to the ministry’s strategy of attracting more tourists to KL and Malaysia.

Unlike last year’s media launch that saw chefs dropping into the venue via parachute, this year’s Master Chefs took a safer route by arriving in style on an eye-catching luxury coach by Aeroline. The coach bore giant images of the culinary stars as well as the logo of this year’s title sponsor, VISA International.

The Chefs were delighted to pose around the sleek, magnificent Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 that was put on display by Festival partner, Daimler Chrysler Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. After all, those who can appreciate a fine meal will naturally have an affinity for hot wheels.

Another exciting event that is not to be missed is the KL Epicure International fair on November 12 and 13. Admission is free to the fine dining public. KL Epicure International is where you can sample and purchase anything and everything to do with fine dining. You can also attend the very reasonably priced gourmet workshops, where you can have tons of fun at the cooking classes with the country’s top chefs. Participants can also pick up a few tricks and tips on dining etiquette and dressing with style. In addition to the master chefs’ classes there will be workshops to teach you the proper way to appreciate; wine, coffee and cigars. Mixology is the final area that the lifestyle experts will demonstrate, showing you how to make the best cocktails and mocktails.

Those who await the start of the Festival with lip-smacking enthusiasm need not worry; it won’t be long now! To borrow a phrase from auto racing: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Appetites!”