I was greatly privileged to receive an invitation for a dinner with the great Dato’ Jimmy Choo! Just the very mention of his name and I am sure many of us will have our mind filled with the world renowned shoe designer who is based in London, United Kingdom. This famous Penang-born designer was recently appointed the Malaysian Tourism Ambassador and Tourism Ministry’s adviser by our Tourism Ministry.

Proud to say, being a Malaysian, Dato’ Jimmy Choo is in the best position to help promote Malaysia at the international level.

Datuk Jimmy Choo at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Dato’ Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat

An exclusive dinner was hosted by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa to celebrate Dato’ Jimmy Choo high-profile appointment during his recent trip back to Penang. The dinner took place in the elegant restaurant, Feringgi Grill with many distinguished guests, including our very own Penang Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Lim Guan Eng with his wife, Betty, as well as members of the media.

The evening started with a cocktail reception and a sit down interview with Dato’ followed up by a speech by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

 Datuk Jimmy Choo & Lim Guan Eng at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Dato’ Jimmy Choo and YB Lim Guan Eng sharing a light moment

The highlight of the cocktail reception was a simple award presentation. Dato’ Jimmy Choo had the honour of presenting the “Malaysia’s Leading Spa Resort”  award to resident manager Christian A. Nannucci. This award was bestowed by World Travel Awards 2009’s to Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa recently!

Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa has been renowned for its impeccable hospitality for many great years. This award bestowed by World Travel Awards 2009’s is recognized as the highest accolade within this industry and would definitely further enhance Malaysia in particularly Penang as a premier tourist destination.

 Datuk Jimmy Choo, Lim Guan Eng & Christian A. Nannucci at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

After the ceremony everyone made their way to the dining hall with an enchanting garden view for an exclusive dinner with complementing wine. The ambience itself was serene and oozing class, hats off to Feringgi Grill for organizing the dinner in such a wonderful setting.

Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

A beautiful and cosy dinner setting

 Datuk Jimmy Choo at Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

The menu consists of an array of meat and seafood.

First up was the Feringgi Grill “Combo Best of the Best”, as the namesake go, its just simply the best! It consisted of grilled duck liver, stuffed smoked tomato, grilled pizzette, dried fruit sauce, grilled green onion-herb paint, cherry tomatoes and goat’s cheese.

 Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

The followed up dish was the 4-A-Change  Interlude, and it was a treat indulging on the grapefruit foam and citrus salad. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of this dish in the midst of this great occasion!

Next up was another main course, the Grillin’ n Chillin’ From Land and Sea – smoked lamb, black cod, double smoked beef short rib duck fat carrot hay, roasted gazpacho dip, pepsi-cola bbq sauce. It was an amazing blend of incorporating pepsi cola into the BBQ sauce and the chef pulled it off beautifully.

Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

 Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Finally, it was dessert with the Perfect Way 2 Go Death by Chocolate – chocolate volcano, tropical fruit fondue, white chocolate ice cream. The dessert topped off the meal beautifully.

Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

 Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

The meal ended with servings of Pralines and Chocolates with coffee after which it was autograph and photography session with Dato’. It was a great privilege to get to know Dato’ Jimmy Choo and receiving his insights and wisdom.

 Datuk Jimmy Choo at Shangri-La's  Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

Jimmy Choo & CK Lam at Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang

To top it all off, I would like to express my gratitude to the management of Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa for this exclusive invite. This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, especially meeting with the great shoe-designer himself! Besides that, thanks to Christopher Choong of JAC Photography for sharing a few of the photos with me.

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34 comments so far


wawawa.. what an honor…..

great work done….

November 25th, 2009 at 1:42 am

BRAVVVVVVO! Well done, you deserve the invite.

Great piccies, espesh the last one of the 2 of you :-)

November 25th, 2009 at 2:27 am

Congratulation … a great moment and a priceless picture.

November 25th, 2009 at 7:50 am

wah lau eh!!!! envy lor!!!
but then… you had made us proud. it’s an honor to meet up with him!!!
btw, buying his shoes got discount ah?? i just love his shoes la! hahahaha

November 25th, 2009 at 8:21 am

Nice! Did you ask him if he’s going to have his shoes made locally to help support Made-In-Malaysia?

November 25th, 2009 at 8:25 am

Keep up the good job CK!

November 25th, 2009 at 9:25 am

CK, you make us proud! :D

November 25th, 2009 at 9:26 am

Those were some wacky names for the dishes served on that splendid evening, were they not? :)
It is an honour indeed, and he’s one whom have brought Malaysia to the eyes of the fashion world.

November 25th, 2009 at 10:21 am
Penang Tionghua

It’s Great!

You have been invited and stood on the same platform of an iconic Penangite, Professor Datuk Jimmy Chooi.

By the way, there is a Chooi Couture at Bayan Point opposite the roundabout as one turns into Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. Is that under Jimmy’s umbrella?

November 25th, 2009 at 10:26 am

a great and honorable evening, indeed.

November 25th, 2009 at 10:56 am

happy for you ck! must have been a real honor indeed to meet the great jimmy choo!
plus pepsi cola bbq sauce sounds most interesting! :)

November 25th, 2009 at 11:20 am

Congrats CK!!

Looks like a lovely evening with good food and great company! =)

November 25th, 2009 at 11:28 am

wowowo! jimmy choo omg!! how honorable it is to be able to dine with him :D

November 25th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

when my page havent load finish, your headlines already grab my attention asking the stupid connection faster load finish~

iit was an honour and you have move to another level~

November 25th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Congratulations !!!!!

November 25th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I wonder if Datuk Jimmy Choo brought any of his lovely shoes for you, my dear? :)

November 25th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

wow CK got an admirer! :) We are so proud of you, so cool!

November 25th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Wow, that’s great! Congrats!!

November 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Congratulation and foods look great too!

November 25th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

you should have gotten a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos and get it signed personally by him :D
i’m jealous!

November 25th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Wow! It’s such an honor to be rubbing shoulders with the great Jimmy Choo…an unforgetable evening for sure….keep it up!

November 25th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Oh wow! What an absolutely great evening spent. And how honoured are you to have met him?

As for the food, you had me at the “Best of The Best”. Would have loved to taste that duck liver!

November 25th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Hi CK,
I could not agree more than you that we met Dato’ Jimmy Choo in person.

As for me, aside of listening to his wisdom and sharing of the secret of “sincere”, I am honored to meet the CK Lam in person.

Since I met you last weekend, I have been going into this blog and find it such a gorgeous site.

Thank you and look forward to see you soon.

For more photos, please visit http://www.jacphoto2u.com/blog

November 25th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

oh.. em.. gee!! you met Jimmy Choo! what an honour :) *envy envy* I love him! haha

November 26th, 2009 at 10:52 am

Great work done,you really make us so proud of you.Bravo and keep up the good job !!!

November 26th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

all credit to you CK Lam…
well done and definitely an awesome evening with a living legend.

November 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Congrats! You look great in that photo with Jimmy Choo oi! :p

November 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Wow CK, this is incredible! Congrats :D

November 29th, 2009 at 11:18 am

Omg… I love the food.. they’re looked exquisite… Love them..
Btw.. did you get any shoes?? :)

November 29th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Great review CK. It is indeed a privileage to meet a global fashion icon. Here’s to Dato Jimmy Choo!

November 29th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Everyone – Thank you for all the lovely comments. It was indeed a memorable night for me!

November 30th, 2009 at 12:30 am

What a nice ending to this year, eh? Well done! So what was the one most profound insight that you’ve learned that night? Thanks for sharing!

November 30th, 2009 at 9:56 am

wow, first time commenting over here, u’re indeed so lucky to have met the person himself!!:-)

December 2nd, 2009 at 5:47 am

that’s rare.. not all people can have such moment. huhu congratz

September 29th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

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