DISTED’s Culinary Challenge “heats up” with 60 secondary school students participating

The 2nd DISTED Culinary Challenge, organised by the DISTED School of Hospitality Management, kicks off with its preliminary round of Burger Master Challenge on 28th April 2018.   With a total of 27 teams competing, the top 9 teams will see themselves advancing to the Grand Finale on 12th May, 2018 to compete in a black box challenge.

This year’s challenge will see the top team winning the DISTED Culinary Challenge Trophy and cash prizes worth of up to RM500.  On top of that, the “top chefs” will also be awarded a DISTED Scholarship totalling RM10,000.  With this scholarship, the winning team may enrol into any of DISTED’s 5-Star Excellent rated programmes.

No School
1 PCGHS Private
2 SMK (P) Methodist
3 SMK Air Itam
4 SMK Hamid Khan
5 SMJK Heng Ee
6 Chung Ling Private High School
7 SMJK Chung Ling
8 SMK Padang Polo
9 SMK Westlands
10 SMK Tun Hussein Onn
11 Gems International School, Pearl City
12 SMK Abdullah Munshi
13 SMK Valdor
14 SMK. St. Xavier
15 Phor Tay Private High School
16 SMK Convent BM
17 SMK Sungai Nibong
18 SMJK Heng Ee
19 SMK Taman Inderawasih


This year’s DISTED Culinary Challenge is supported by its collaborative partners,   the Penang Chefs Association (PCA) and the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang Chapter. The turnout for this year’s challenge has been most encouraging, with many of Penang’s most prestigious schools coming together to participate in this annual signature event from DISTED College. The list of participating schools is as appended below:

“This culinary challenge is an opportunity for young and talented student chefs to demonstrate their skills and culinary knowledge, pitting against each other to emerge as champions in an amateur culinary competition,” said Ms Susie Khoo, Head of DISTED School of Hospitality Management. “The long term objective is for us to generate interest amongst high school students in the area of culinary arts and hospitality.  Our lecturers are always here and ready to guide these students” she continued.

Chef Audee Cheah, President of the Penang Chefs Association said the DISTED Culinary Challenge serves as an excellent platform to attract more young and talented students to pursue their careers in the culinary field. Such an event is always an eye-opener to many youths of the nation, to showcase their skills and bring out their “inner chefs” in them.

Distinguished panel of judges for the preliminary round include Chef Eric Chuah from Penang Chefs Association, Chef Yew Seong Lip, a seasoned chef with over 22 years of work experience in the culinary field and Mr Warren Tan, the Founder of STACKS Burger.