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Planting seeds for the future.


About The Programme

Our Mission

To reach new heights of culinary innovation, we must look to the roots.
What can we do to enrich the future and allow the next generation of Malaysian chefs to flourish?
Enter Horizons: a one-of-a-kind, free-to-attend mentorship programme with farm visits, masterclasses, study groups, and cooking programmes; events which aim to inspire, advance, and broaden the horizons of a new generation of chefs.

Our Approach

Each year, we select a group of passionate and promising young cooks and take them on a culinary journey across Malaysia. There are visits to trailblazing local farms, producers and manufacturers, as well as masterclasses helmed by experts from the local food scene.
By bringing the young cooks up close and personal with ethical practices and giving them access to new ideas and techniques, we hope to broaden their worldviews and arm them with the skills that will help them thrive.

What we did during our 2023 Horizons programme:

A visit to Chocolate Concierge’s cocoa farm in Raub, home to Malaysia’s first single-origin chocolate and a pioneer in multi-story forest regenerative cropping.

A morning at Natural Tropical Farm, where farmer Eric Ng raises his free-range hens on an exclusive diet of produce grown on his two-acre plot and recycled oyster shells from Kuala Lumpur restaurants.

A visit to 180-year old French stemware and porcelain makers, Legle, who manufacture tableware for some of the finest restaurants in the world.

Horizons in 2023

A series of masterclasses by our mentor chefs, who each demonstrate a key flavour or technique they have mastered.

Special thanks to our 2023 mentor chefs:

Daniel Yap is the Patron/ Chef of GOODDAM, where he brings a fresh and innovative twist to Italian cuisine. He was trained at the prestigious ALMA culinary school in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, and has honed his skills at esteemed kitchens across Europe, including Ristorante Piccolo Lago and STUD!O in Denmark. While rooted in Italian cuisine, Daniel’s creativity knows no bounds. He blends local influences and ingredients with innovative techniques to create Modern Italian dishes like Calamari Squid Ink Pasta and duck neck sausage risotto.

Daniel Yap


Gary Anwar is the mastermind behind Ember, a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that serves Modern Asian cuisine. Here he draws from his Chinese-Malay heritage to create dishes that are both innovative and delicious. Gary’s culinary approach emphasizes simplicity and quality products; letting the ingredients shine on their own. He honors traditional methods and techniques while infusing his own unique flair into each dish. But Gary’s commitment to excellence doesn’t stop there. He is also dedicated to sustainability and reducing waste, actively exploring innovative strategies to minimize waste and reduce Ember’s impact on the environment.

Gary Anwar


Haznizam Hamzah is the Executive Chef of the W Kuala Lumpur. Here he not only brings twenty years of hotel kitchen experience to the table, but a multicultural experience that included a long stint in Macau. At the W Kuala Lumpur, Haz oversees an array of kitchens, from Cantonese to banquet to the bar pool; a kaleidoscope of outlet styles that require focus and diligence. It’s at the all-day-diner Flock where he reverberates the hotel’s unique commitment to ethically sourced, locally grown ingredients; Flock was in the vanguard for establishing a genuine farm-to-table restaurant with direct producer-to-hotel supply chains in Kuala Lumpur.

Haznizam Hamzah

W Kuala Lumpur

Following farm visits and masterclasses, our candidates are then divided into working groups to source, prepare, and serve in a series of dining experiences that challenge their skills and test their understanding of the programme.

:: For the first time in 2024, candidates will serve a series of exclusive lunches for guests of Arla Foods Malaysia, our sponsor for this year’s programme, in four locations: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinnabalu, and Johor Bahru, with dishes incorporating local produce with Arla dairy products.

:: Finally, the programme culminates with a special Thank You Dinner in Kuala Lumpur, an invite-only event for partners, chefs, collaborators and guardian angels who will make our KL leg possible. In developing the menu for this dinner, candidates will be tasked with using only second-grade and surplus vegetables, and what are considered lower quality proteins, in an invitation to show us their teamwork and capabilities in creativity and inventiveness.


Horizons 2024 is made possible with the support of Arla Foods Malaysia. Thank you for helping us along in our journey!