The annual Norwegian Seafood Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur took place on Friday 4 October and was hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador to Malaysia, Hans Ola Urstad, the Malaysian Insider reported.
The gourmet dinner celebrates the amazing array of seafood flown in specially from Norway for this occasion. It’s also when the Malaysia Norway Business Council Innovation Award is given out to the Norwegian company in Malaysia that has performed the best, fulfilling various criteria.
Frank Naesheim, who has been for years the Norwegian head chef and main co-ordinator of this event, had, for this dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, brought in a team of 11 chefs from Singapore where he is based. These are chefs of standing, who run well-known restaurants in Norway, Singapore, Resort World Sentosa, and Chennai.
Naesheim’s focus is to make the dinner better and better every year. At the hotel ballroom this year were long tables overflowing with 72 varieties of cold food, and four live stations manned by these chefs who turned out some exquisite dishes. The seafood ranged from king crab, lobster, prawns and scallops to salmon, halibut, cod, monkfish, turbot and haddock.
The centrepiece of the seafood display was the glorious king crab, leaning against an ice carving of a Viking ship. Huge scallops, lobsters, crayfish, prawns, salmon and haddock were the supporting act, the Malaysian Insider described.
The evening ended with a performance by well-known Norwegian singer Marit Larsen who gained fame as a teenager, as part of the pop duo M2M, selling more than 12 million albums and singles.