Resorts World Genting’s very own Executive Chef Oliver Lopez gets personal with HIGH Life in a fun Q&A session on his culinary journey. The distinguished chef talks us through what fuels him to cook up a storm and bring the best gastronomic miracles to the guests every day.
1.Why did you decide to become a chef?
Interestingly, I became a chef by chance. Back then, my passion was football but that didn’t quite work out. When my mother urged me to look for a job, I applied to be a chef at Genting and the rest is history!
2.What inspires you to create new and unique recipes in your kitchen?
The most important thing is having good and fresh raw ingredients. I once got to work with fresh truffle flown directly from Italy and was so inspired by the endless possibilities of working with such a great ingredient. You can do wonders with good ingredients and they don’t have to be expensive at all.
3.What are the most difficult situations you have handled as a chef?
We recently launched our central production kitchen in the resort. The entire project took 3 years and the planning process was challenging for me. Now that it’s up and running, I feel very excited to have a kitchen in the resort that is so big and new.
4.What is your favourite type of cuisine to create and feast on?
I come from a fine-dining background, so I always enjoy that. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are two occasions that are important for me too. For Christmas, you get to create food for family gatherings and try new fusion ideas. For Valentine’s Day, you get to show your romantic side and play with different combinations of colours, decorations and tastes.
5.What is your number 1 rule in the kitchen, for both yourself and the people who work with you?
I have 2 – the first is to clean as you go. Another one is before anything goes out of the kitchen, always taste, taste, taste!
6.What is your favourite part about being a chef?
It’s always nice to see guests appreciating the food that you’ve created.
7.In the culinary world, who is your biggest inspiration?
Daniel Boulud. His expertise is in contemporary French cuisine.
8.How would you compare being a chef in Genting, to being a chef in any other restaurant?
Because Genting is such a large organisation, it’s all about compliance. This ensures that our food is always of a certain standard and we deliver the right experience.
9.How much do you involve yourself with the restaurant’s menu development and overall dining experience?
I don’t cook in every outlet in the resort, (or else the food is going to taste the same everywhere you go!) but I do participate in the selection process for our chefs, the creation of our menus and the overall planning process.
10.What are your most fulfilling moments as a chef?
In Genting, there are lots of large functions that take place. I once cooked a five-course meal for a total of 1,500 people. That’s 7,500 plates in total that came out from our kitchen. It was an exciting time.
Starting his journey as what he described as an “average student” in class, Kevin Yee soon took over the cellar, as seniors left, leaving it empty. “Thus, by a stroke of chance, I started handling the massive wine cellar, doing the daily inventory, seeing all the
labels one by one. It opened my eyes to a world that was so much bigger and vibrant than what I learnt in those wine classes, due to the resort’s extensive collection.”
To Yee, the process of getting accustomed to the labels is somewhat akin to working in a library, checking facts and understanding a product’s back story. Wanting to test his knowledge, he took exams after exams under the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Lo and behold, he passed
each one, further cementing his belief that he was on the right track.
A certified sommelier representative for the state of Pahang, Yee trains junior sommeliers for the resort, which he claims, “…as a rather surreal moment for me. Some of my trainees have also attained the highest exam results in their classes.”
Yee now has the enviable position as the wine keeper of The Olive’s unrivalled wine cellars, which includes some of the rarest and most exclusive wines in the world.
Kevin works closely with Chef Steven Chou to create exquisite wine
Yee is also in charge of wine procurement, a process that is rather complex to the untrained eye. “Every half year or every few months, we will do a study of the dishes in demand. It’s the same process with the wine procurement; we will procure wine labels according
to the guests’ demands. We also need to focus on the coming trends,” Yee explained.
This process ensures a good mix of customers’ favourites, trending labels and also a nice selection of labels that are the sommelier’s choice. “These ‘passion labels’ are the ones we will recommend to guests. Once we’ve come up with a good list, it is then presented
to the management.”
Yee has done what each and every one of us covertly wishes to be able to do in our lifetime; he has gone through the wringer and has managed to make his passion his work.
Pranill Saam’s journey into the world of mixology transpired in India, where he first got a taste of the F&B industry toiling through shifts at fine dining restaurants and coffee shops. When he went into the night club business where entertainment took centre
stage, and little to no emphasis was put on the quality of drinks being served, he decided to venture into the art of cocktails.
This new insight led him to stints after stints at prominent hotels and bars in Dubai, Hainan, Vietnam and Jakarta, even opening his own high-end bar and a casual Aussie-beach themed bar.
Now managing Genting Rouge and a plethora of restaurants in SkyAvenue, Saam’s rule of thumb in fashioning cocktails is that, “It is very personalised. I would find out exactly what you like or what your patterns of drinking are, and make something completely tailor-made for your taste.” A
good mixologist would be required to study the cultures of the people he is serving, taking into consideration local trends, eating patterns and lifestyle as well as the products available within the local market, before crafting the specialised drinks.
Take Burger & Lobster’s Timekeeper, for example, a cocktail that is packaged in a plastic bag with a string tied to its corner, emulating the charms of the Malaysian “tapao” (takeaway) culture. “People are familiar with the concept, where even a person who is not at all interested in
cocktails, walks in and is instantly intrigued, begging the question ‘Why is this drink in a bag?’, Saam proclaimed.
Consistency of the product is also very important. “When you have cocktails at that level, with that quantity of drinks going on, consistency is very important. It can’t change every day, the measurements must be precise.”
In Resorts World Genting, Saam explains that training the right people and spending time with them is key, because it’s eventually a career path for them.
A New York University alumnus, Steven Chou spent the first five years of his career immersed in front of the house management. He later received training at the French Culinary Institute, which boasts an inspiring list of alumni including the likes of Bobby Flay, Wylie
Dufresne, and Lars Williams
His love for cooking was discovered from the cosy confines of his childhood home, with his mum cooking an array of simple home-cooked meals. Upon migrating to the United States, he was forced to cook his own meals, which saw the blossoming of his love for culinary
Stints at numerous independent restaurants gradually gave him the confidence to venture into crafting his own signature dishes. Committing time and effort proves rewarding, as his dishes began garnering much acclamation.
One that tops the list is his specialty, Korshihikari Rice, which utilises the same technique as a risotto but substituting the traditional grain with Japanese rice cooked with uni (sea urchin) puree. It is then topped with fresh uni and garnished with sprigs of
greens, making for a creamy and fluffy dish.
He now brings that expertise to Resorts World Genting, artfully crafting dishes using unique fusions of ingredients and techniques. One of his variations of a local favourite comes in the form of a deconstructed bubur cha-cha, where he delicately arranges
home-grown sweet potato crystals and creamy coconut broth alongside fresh fruits, transforming the simple street dessert into a refined yet fun piece of art.
“I think nowadays, chefs like a mix of different identities and local tastes in their dishes but at the end of the day, you do have to amass a great knowledge of what you are venturing into to be able to pair it well,” Chou explained.
Despite all the complexities of his creations, Chou’s go-to meal is a well-made chicken broth and noodles. He also opts for a simple kale salad, from the extensive, seasonal menu of The Olive, as a personal favourite dish to order for himself. After all, to the
eyes of a master chef, salad is never just a salad.
Start the evening on the right note with some refreshing cocktails. Let us take you on a journey through swirled masterpieces with eight of the best cocktails from Resorts World Genting’s Burger & Lobster and Cafés Richard.
Genting OpulanceBurger & Lobster, SkyAvenue
The Genting Opulance is majestically presented in an elevated silver-ornamented pitcher with four mini taps that pour the concoction simultaneously into each glass. Good things are made to be shared, as with this libation which is suitable for 2 to 4 people.
The drink itself is a divinely refreshing combination of gin, raspberry liqueur, pineapple, basil, and ginger.
South Carolina TeaBurger & Lobster, SkyAvenue
Imagine sipping on a glass of tea-infused cocktail after a long day of braving the hustle and bustle of life. Your sun-drenched soul will be tantalised to the core after a sip of Burger & Lobster’s homage to the old-fashioned goodness, the South Carolina
Tea. The drink is made up of gin, shaken to perfection with a refreshing dose of watermelon and Earl Grey tea.
Coffee in the CloudsCafés Richard, SkyAvenue
Those keen in sampling a coffee beverage with a luxurious twist may order the brasserie’s riff of the classic White Russian, the “Coffee in the Clouds”. It is a silky and soothing cocktail that is prepared from the house’s homemade coffee liqueur and vodka, topped
with a “nuege de lait” (a cloud of milk) and an icy sphere.
Café Kir Royal Cafés Richard, SkyAvenue
The Café Kir Royal, a coffee-infused cocktail, combines the smooth Ethiopian cold brew with champagne rose and wild strawberry liqueur. The elegant libation is served in a tall champagne flute, adorned with a single slice of strawberry, delicately insinuating the incorporation of berry essence in the drink.
OdalisqueBurger & Lobster, SkyAvenue
The aptly-named cocktail is concocted to perfection with the addition of sours; lemon juice and pineapple cordial, for a subtly mysterious yet sexy thirst quencher. Not sold yet? The drink is then dreamily garnished with edible flowers, tying both aesthetical and palatial elements for that all-around satisfaction.
Coffee MojitoCafés Richard, SkyAvenue
Cafés Richard’s Coffee Mojito combines the recipe of an age- old mojito with an infusion of the brasserie’s “Grand Cru” beans. The traditional Cuban highball is given new life at the hands of the brasserie’s mixologist. The mixture of rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint with a hint of
premium coffee gives the drink a refined auburn appearance and an edgy taste.
Genting Bloody MaryCafés Richard, SkyAvenue
The classics never go out of style. The brasserie’s version of the Bloody Mary is a mix of a spice-infused Russian vodka and red tomato juice served traditionally in a tall highball glass. The stunning crimson libation is then garnished with a lime wedge and a wasabi-bathed kale, grown from Resorts World Genting’s very own
NewtonBurger & Lobster, SkyAvenue
The “Newton” combines premium Belvedere Vodka with a sprig of fresh thyme and apple liqueur. That botanical hint of thyme subtly amplifies the freshness of the spirit, while letting the high-end vodka ultimately steal the show. Served in an elegant martini glass, it is sure to make you have the thyme of your life!
The simple act of going out for cocktails is not just about having drinks anymore; it’s about appreciating the thought and creativity that mixologists put into crafting these inventive drinks. Whatever your choice, you are surely bound for a swirling good time.
Resorts World Genting brings a taste of Spanish heritage and sets it down on our home turf for us to enjoy, in the form of La Fiesta, the latest addition to SkyAvenue’s fleet of high-end restaurants
Of tapas, paellas and everything in betweenThe outlet’s assortment of Iberico ham is dubbed as one of the finest hams in the world. The origin of the pork itself comes from the Sus Mediaterraneus breed that only exists now in the southwest of Spain. The final delicious treat requires a 36-month ham curing process at the southeast and southwest of Spain, on mountains high up at 700 metres above the sea level.
Next on the list to sink your choppers into are the paellas. Choose from an assortment of seafood paellas which features lobsters, Mediterranean Carabinero prawns, and cuttlefish. A must-try signature dish incorporates aromatic saffron bomba rice with premium Canadian lobster. Another variation is a squid ink-infused bomba rice with cuttlefish and prawns
Chef Arthur Fernandez’s Puplo a Feira, which is an excellent octopus with paprika potatoes dish, has become the crowd’s favourite tapa to devour, making it another one of La Fiesta’s signature dishes.
Spanish potionsWash down all that exotic tangs and zests with La Fiesta’s list of beverages ranging from sangrias to gin and tonics, punches, cocktails and artisan tonic and soda, making up a very concise, and dare we say, sinfully Spanish beverage menu. Cherry-pick from classic gin and tonics to spiced, floral, citrusy or sweeter variations. Whatever you choose will surely have you ready for a fiesta, but of course, with an Amor de Cava sangria in hand!
Expect elegant settings with an unbeatable view when you choose Resorts World Genting as your high tea destination. Here are our three best locations for an unforgettable high tea experience.
e18hteen Inspired Cuisine
Whether it is a table by the serene poolside or facing the majestic Titiwangsa mountain range, e18hteen makes a spectacular location for spending the evening with a special someone. The fine dining restaurant is a haven for tranquillity and peace of mind.
The high tea menu consists of 13 variations of pastry and dessert, including smoked salmon brioche, lobster soft roll and snow frog in fresh almond milk.
3pm – 5.30pm daily
Level 18, Maxims
Dainty and exquisite, Cafés Richard sets the stage for a romantic Parisian afternoon tea. The Le Festin (The Feast) offers a full selection of their best French patisserie, perfect for sharing with up to 4 people. Alternatively, there are also smaller sets of Pastries & Sweets, Desserts or Savoury respectively.
All sets are served with your selection of one coffee, slow coffee, tea, or chocolate beverage. You can also pair your afternoon tea with a glass of champagne for an additional fee.
2.30pm to 5.30pm daily
Level 1, SkyAvenue
Park Avenue Lounge
One of the latest establishments at Resorts World Genting, the Park Avenue Lounge is tastefully adorned with mural and natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The English High Tea set presents sweets, scones and finger sandwiches at a reasonable price. The set includes your choice of any two brewed, infused or cocoa selections.
2pm – 6pm daily
Ground Level, SkyAvenue
Resorts World Genting kicked off its first ever fashion week, Time To Light Up, which showcased the latest collection of all the jewellery and timepieces tenants at SkyAvenue. The event was held on 20th September at the newly opened mall, which is also one of the latest attractions to hit Resorts World Genting.
Emceed by former Miss Malaysia, Nadia Heng, guests were treated to an amazing display of elegance and sophistication featuring collections from Thomas Sabo, Tissot, Lazo Diamond, Calvin Klein and Timekeeper. Models were made up by Shizens and apparels were provided by Esprit and G2000.
Among the main highlights were Thomas Sabo’s new Autumn/Winter 2017 statement jewellery collection, each aptly named Together, Essentials, Royalty, Mini Chakras, Tree of Love and Rebel at Heart, as well as Power necklaces and bracelets. The collection was inspired by Buddhist Mala prayer beads. Another high point was the unveiling of Calvin Klein’s new designs which ranged from the bold and symmetric CK Boost to the simple and sublimely eye-catching CK Chic as well as the timeless and iconic CK City.
Tissot’s designs were equally breath-taking, offering various watch wear styles from sporty to masculine for the gentlemen as showcased by the Chrono XL Quartz and T-Touch Expert Solar to the simple yet stylish and elegant designs for the ladies, as portrayed by the T-Wave collection.
Guests also stood a chance to win amazing prizes from the lucky draw, which included hotel stays at Resorts World Langkawi and Hotel on the Park as well as the brand new Samsung Gear VR.
Resorts World Genting is seeing the beginning a new chapter with the opening of SkyAvenue, its first lifestyle mall. This jewellery and timepiece show is just a glimpse of many exciting programmes and events to come.
Burger & Lobster began when four school friends decided to combine the idea of having an eatery that highlighted the incredible taste of two main dishes; burger and lobster. Since its days in an Irish pub, Burger & Lobster has now branched out to Dubai, Jeddah, New York, Stockholm
and now, Resorts World Genting.
Genting welcomed the franchise in March with an opening ceremony where over 100 guests experienced the exciting dining atmosphere constructed with the use of red furniture and lobster crates as decorations. On top of the exquisite feast for the eyes, patrons were treated with lobsters
grilled to perfection as well as luscious selection of lobster rolls and burgers.
Its arrival in Southeast Asia has encouraged Burger & Lobster to put a spin to the menu with the addition of Chili Lobster to accommodate the taste palettes of local and international guests. Another local offering included in the menu is the unique Durian Tempura that is sure to turn
heads over the unconventional ingredients.
The highly anticipated launch of Burger & Lobster at Resorts World Genting was attended by elegant members of the Pahang royalty and state executive councilors including Tengku Puteri Seri Bongsu Pahang Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Shahariah Binti Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Dato’ Naresh Mohan, Chairman of Pahang State Tourism and Culture Committee Dato’ Sri Mohd Sharkar
Shamsudin and renowned Chef Wan.
There is no better way than to spend the cold evenings at Resorts World Genting with good company, good coffee and good pastries at the newly opened Cafés Richard, France’s No. 1 coffee roaster. An iconic name in coffee brewing, the brasserie serves
more than 2.4 million cups of coffee a day worldwide, an amount that will now increase as Resorts World Genting’s own SkyAvenue has opened its doors for the first Cafés Richard retail brasserie.
Last April, the opening of the brasserie saw over 120 invited guests that were delighted with the rich 19thcentury French ambience through the minimalistic setting of the premises. Patrons of the classy brasserie were treated with the alluring aroma of freshly
brewed coffee and signature teas that were prepared alongside fresh selection of bakery goodies and scrumptious savories. The staff at the outlet is thoroughly trained on the French culture and a smattering of the language to give guests a truly French experience.
Among the VIPs present at the opening of Cafés Richard were Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Managing Director from Paris of Cafés Richard, Anne Richard Bellanger, Genting Malaysia Berhad Executive Vice President for Resort Operations, Aaron Chia, and Director of the
Alliance Francaise in KL, Mr Jean-Pierre Dumont.
HIGH Life goes on a relic hunt for some of the best and most exquisite modern-day sculptures in Resorts World Genting’s very own compounds. Amid your getaway atop the hills, be treated to a feast of the most eye-catching and ever inspiring masterpieces of our time.
Etched with the notion of escapism, Genting Rouge is a prestigious club like no other. It emanates the allure and promise of indulging and satisfying your every whim and desire in a private unconstrained sanctuary. It is the ultimate after-hours playing field especially crafted for the elite, that enchants its discerning clientele through tasteful craftsmanship, remarkably curated arts, crowned with the personification of individualised service.
Genting Rouge is the only place where glamour meets grandeur, classical arts meets the modern contemporary pieces and the best of the old and the latest of masterpieces collide.
One notable art fixture is the Swarovski crystal dragon which hangs majestically across a dimly lit space. Its radiance, regal form and the magnetic glint in the creature’s eyes, a thing that one cannot help but be drawn to. The elegant dragon fixture is surrounded by an aptly designed space which draws inspiration from the golden era of Shanghai in the 1930s. The designer and art curator of the space, Alan Chan, opted for Art Deco, a rather eclectic design that saw its boom in the same era of inspiration. The space exudes traditional decorative styles of ancient cultures, while still honouring modern innovations.
Considered as one of the most recognised Latin American artist alive today, Fernando Botero’s art pieces are housed in some of the world’s most prestigious sites, including Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris to name a few. Resorts World Genting is also on the list to be honoured with the presence of ‘Horse’, a Botero sculpture that was completed in 2013, in Tuscany as the third edition of its same variation.
Botero initiated the sculptures of animals in exaggerated volumes and proportions during his time in Paris. Boterismo is Botero’s own version of Baroque art that is crafted through the observation of rules of clarity, rhythm and harmony to achieve a sculpture that is sensually sculpted and exaggerated into his very own. The style often depicts people and figures in large magnified and hyperbolic proportions, which is, depending on the piece, either represented with political criticism or humour.
‘Horse’, in particular, shows a depiction of an over inflated, bulbous yet imposing and majestic-looking version of the animal. The tall 3-meter high bronze mount is a towering sight to behold and is the largest horse sculpture done by the artist. Saturated in his signature style, the ever baronial figure now stands in the classy compounds of Genting Grand Hotel in Resorts World Genting ever since mid-2014, allowing visitors to feast their eyes and fully immerse themselves while observing one of Botero’s artistic creation that absolutely demands your attention!
Looking for a change of pace? Start planning your relaxing weekend with our pick of the best things to do to relax and recharge.
Experience the peaceful tranquility of the highlands while soaking in our swimming pool at e18hteen. You can also catch some of the best views of the Titiwangsa Mountains while you cool down in the pool. Located on the Level 18 of Crockfords, enjoy some drinks and munch on light bites while hanging out at the comfortable pool deck.
Immerse yourself in the ultimate spa getaway while getting lost in the blissful and sensuous treatments at M Spa & Fitness in Genting Grand. From our signature Balinese Massage to our Hot Stone Therapy treatment, we are all about making you feel relaxed. Indulge in some well-deserved ‘me’ time with
the wide range of massage, facial, skin and body treatments available.
Catch up with friends or loved ones over a cup of coffee or tea. Parisian brasserie Cafés Richard is a beautiful and gracious place to relax over a cup of fragrant tea, cold drip coffee and more. Their French afternoon tea sets are also perfect for a relaxing day out. As you soak in all
the Parisian vibes, you’ll be left catching up with your friends for hours.
As the perfect icing on the cake to cap of 2017, Asia’s largest beachfront music festival, ZoukOut is returning to sunny Singapore. The only dusk-to-dawn dance festival is ready to bring together up to 30,000 fans for another round of exhilarating music experience.
ZoukOut 2017 is the 17th installation of its kind, hosted by the popular nightclub Zouk – named Best Club in Asia and Fourth Best Club in the world by DJ Mag. The much-anticipated event has brought in some of the biggest artists in dance music like DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson and Armin Van Buuren, to dedicated fans across Southeast Asia.
This year’s two-day event which will be held from the 8th to 9th December will see world-renowned acts like Marshmello, Grammy Award-winning Flume, Robin Schulz, Claptone and more take the stage.
Festival-lovers are in for an additional treat as ZoukOut is not just known for its dance music from around the world, but also its premium beachfront festival location. ZoukOut 2017, which takes place in the heart of Siloso Beach will allow its patrons to be immersed in a one-of-a kind entertainment wonderland from the moment they enter.
This year-end, pack your bags and be prepared for a festival experience you’ll never forget. ZoukOut will be the place to escape, where sleep will be secondary as you party from dusk till dawn.
For ticket prices, full line-up and more information, visit
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