KuchingWe kicked off our 2023 festival with a four-hand dinner between chef Anthony Yeoh from Summer Hill in Singapore and John Lim from Roots in Kuching, at Roots. The hook? French classics cooked with the wonderful endemic ingredients of Sarawak.
PenangKita’s next stop was the island of Penang on Peninsular Malaysia’s north coast. The long weekend included a series of four-hand and take over dinners, featuring: Vaughan Mabee from Amisfield in New Zealand with Kim Hock Su at Au Jardin, Hans Christian from August in Jakarta cooking new Nusantara cuisine with Johnson Wong from Gēn, and a kitchen takeover by Peranakan-cuisine chef Malcolm Lee from Michelin starred Candlenut in Singapore. We also held The Great Mezze at ChinaHouse with four Singapore chefs and four Penang chefs cooking casual but ever so tasty dishes, shoulder-to-shoulder.
Singapore2023 marked our debut into the Lion City, with a series of four- and six- hand dinners and lunches, and a Big Sunday Barbecue with eight of the city’s hottest chefs cooking over charcoal at Coop Coop (formerly known as Raw Kitchen Bar). The long weekend ended with Kita Conversations, an all-day symposium where we heard from some of the sharpest culinary thinkers from across the globe, including Anissa Helou, Prateek Sadhu, Matt Stone and Matthew Orlando. The Singapore Weekender was curated by Brazilian chef Ivan Brehm from Michelin starred Nouri.
Kuala LumpurThe final weekend for 2023 was held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. First up was a series of four-hand dinners- both fancy and party style, including German chef René Stein of Tisane with Darren Teoh at Dewakan and Manila-based Chele Gonzalez of Galley by Chele cooking tapas dishes at Mano. We held a Big Sunday Barbecue at Botanica+Co’s elegant Bamboo Hills restaurant, with four chefs from Singapore and four from Kuala Lumpur. We ended the festival with another Kita Conversations, this time hearing from culinary greats including David Thompson, Diana Chan, Khir Johari and food waste hacker Benjamin Lephilibert. The grand finale was the Thank You Dinner cooked by our 2023 Horizons chefs.
Kuala LumpurThe weekend in Kuala Lumpur saw a total of 9 collaborative dinners, a multi-chef barbecue at Tiffin at the Yard and Conversations, our TED-style series of talks and panels by industry leaders.
PenangThere were two collaborative dinners in Penang, with Andrew Martin from 80:20 cooking with Johnson Wong at Restaurant Gen, plus Aitor Jeronimo Orive from Basque Kitchen by Aitor cooking with Sun Kim Hock at Au Jardin. All of these chefs joined with CC Lee, Tan Hong Tat (aka Wagyu), Mathijs Nanne and Nurilkarim for the Great Mezze at ChinaHouse.
LangkawiChefs Darren Teoh of Dewakan, Prateek Sadhu from Mumbai and Chai Chun Boon from Langkawi kicked off the 2022 festival with a weekend at The Datai Langkawi.
We held 3 dinners in Penang; one with Tyson Gee from ATAS and Kim Hock Su at Au Jardin, and the other with Shaun Ng from Hide and Johnson Wong from Restaurant Gen. The final dinner was Gary Anwar from Ember cooking at ChinaHouse.