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Brunei recipes make a splash in culinary world

JULY 6, 2009 – Brunei Darussalam was among the countries honoured at this year’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards ceremony, which was held at the historic Comedie Francaise theatre in Paris.

For the first time ever, the Sultanate won the ‘Special Award of the Jury’ in 14th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Royal Brunei Catering’s (RBC) collection of recipes Volume Two.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Mohd Taha, who is also the Chairman of RBC, recently attended an event at RBC to celebrate Brunei’s achievement in the culinary world.

According to Acting General Manager of RBC Haji Omar Ali bin Haji Mohd Daud, this award has placed Brunei, particularly RBC, the Language and Literature Bureau and the State Mufti Department, on the world map for demonstrating professionalism in cookery and publications.

“This international recognition also means that the second volume of our recipes is one of the best cookbooks in the world,” he said.

Haji Omar said the excellent photography and presentations, as well as the uniqueness in bringing the Halal concepts for cooking, drew the attention of the four-member jury comprising experts from Europe and America.

During the event to celebrate Brunei’s success, the Acting General Manager of RBC handed over ‘special award programme’ books to Administrative Director at the State Mufti Department Dato Paduka Ahmad Bukhari bin Pehin Siraja Khatib Haji Abu Hanifah and Senior Language Officer from the Language and Literature Bureau Hajah Nortijah binti Haji Mohd Hassan.

The 195-page RBC Cookbook Collection of Recipes (Volume Two) features a total of 86 recipes. – Text and Photos by Rohani Haji Abdul Hamid

ABOVE & BELOW: Acting General Manager of RBC Haji Omar Ali bin Haji Mohd Daud receives a certificate from guest of honour Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Mohd Taha; and cutting a cake to celebrate Brunei’s latest achievement

Lavish praise for Brunei in hosting ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

JULY 8, 1989 – Brunei has received a pat on the back for successfully hosting the two-day ASEAN Ministerial Meeting this week.

Visiting foreign ministers, delegates and journalists heaped praise on the smooth running of the meeting at the newly-built International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

Brunei, which is the youngest member of the six nation grouping, played host for the first time in ASEAN’s 22-year history.

Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Haji Abu Hassan bin Haji Omar attributed the success to the dedication and commitment of the people in the Sultanate.

His counterparts from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines also put their appreciation on record at the end of the meeting.

Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Haji Abu Hassan bin Haji Omar

Some foreign diplomats told the Bulletin that Brunei did a good job considering it was its first experience at hosting the meeting.

They were particularly impressed by the effort to erect a convention centre for the purpose.

Journalists covering the meeting also gave their thumbs up to the Sultanate.

The event attracted about 170 foreign journalists from across the Asian-Pacific region.

The chief correspondent of Japan’s Kyodo News Service, Yutaka Negishi, said his team was impressed by the facilities made available at the convention centre.

“We realised Brunei was hosting the meeting for the first time and we were very worried about communication facilities provided to the press,” he said.

But he said their fears were put to rest when they saw what Brunei had in store for the press corps at the centre.

The press centre was equipped with telex, facsimile and telephone services to cater for everyone adequately.

An assistant editor from the Malaysian national news agency Bernama, Zainoor Sulaiman, said the organising committee had gone out of its way to make the meeting a success.

He said the Brunei officials had been helpful and as far as the press was concerned there was nothing to complain about.