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With the culinary world’s spotlight set to shine on Sarawak, all eyes are on the upcoming Nyamai Sarawak Gastronomy Awards Ceremony, scheduled for December 2, 2023, at the prestigious Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

As the date draws near, excitement is palpable among chefs, food enthusiasts, and cultural aficionados eager to witness the celebration of Sarawak’s rich gastronomic heritage. The Ceremony promises to be a grand affair, bringing together luminaries from the culinary world and cultural ambassadors for an evening of recognition, innovation, and cultural appreciation.

Guests can anticipate a captivating cultural showcase at the commencement of the event, featuring mesmerizing traditional music and dance performances that reflect the diversity of Sarawak’s cultural tapestry. The immersive experience will set the stage for an unforgettable celebration of Nyamai Sarawak.

The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the award ceremony, where esteemed judges, including culinary experts, cultural scholars, and renowned food critics, will announce winners in various categories. Culinary excellence will be recognized in categories such as Nyamai Sarawak Culinary Excellence Award, Sarawak Heritage Hawker Stall of Distinction, Exportation Excellence Award, Best Food Blog or Culinary Media Award and many more.

The prestigious Nyamai Sarawak People’s Choice Award will be presented to an individual whose lifelong dedication has significantly impacted and enriched Nyamai Sarawak gastronomy. The recipient’s name, a closely guarded secret until the event, will undoubtedly add an extra layer of anticipation and excitement to the Ceremony.
Following the award ceremony, guests will be treated to a curated feast, featuring a menu that showcases the very best of Nyamai Sarawak inspired by the winners of the Nyamai Recipe Competition. Culinary enthusiasts can expect a delightful exploration of traditional flavors and innovative culinary expressions, underscoring the region’s culinary prowess.

The Nyamai Sarawak Gastronomy Awards Ceremony aims not only to honor the trailblazers of Sarawak’s culinary scene but also to serve as a catalyst for continued innovation, collaboration, and the preservation of the region’s culinary heritage. With the event just around the corner, anticipation is building for an evening that promises to be a landmark celebration of Nyamai Sarawak.

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Awards Selections

Sarawak Culinary Excellence Award

Selection Criteria: This award recognizes an individual or team in the Sarawak F&B industry for consistently delivering exceptional culinary creations that promote and elevate Sarawak’s gastronomic heritage. The winner should demonstrate innovation, creativity, and a commitment to using local ingredients.

Sarawak Heritage Hawker Stall of Distinction

Selection Criteria: This award recognizes an individual or team in the Sarawak F&B industry for consistently delivering exceptional culinary creations that promote and elevate Sarawak’s gastronomic heritage. The winner should demonstrate innovation, creativity, and a commitment to using local ingredients.

Exportation Excellence 

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Selection Criteria: This award celebrates a Sarawak-based business or individual involved in exporting Sarawakian food products to international markets. The recipient should exhibit outstanding growth in exportation, high-quality products, and successful market penetration, promoting Sarawak’s cuisine on a global scale.

Excellence in Branding in Conceptualisation 

Selection Criteria: 

This award recognizes brands excelling in Sarawak Gastronomy by seamlessly blending tradition with innovation. Criteria include cultural relevance, creative branding, community engagement, and sustainable practices. It emphasizes visual appeal, storytelling, and positive impact on the community and industry. Recipients are celebrated for contributing authentically to Sarawak’s culinary heritage and economic landscape.

Culinary Community Engagement Award

Selection Criteria:

This award honors an organization or individual who actively engages with the Sarawak community to promote food education, culinary culture, and community well-being. The recipient should demonstrate a commitment to sharing their culinary expertise with the local community.



Sarawak People’s Choice Award

Selection Criteria:

Recognizing innovative technology or apps that enhance the culinary experience.






Aspiring Sarawak Food Video Creator

Selection Criteria:

This award should showcase culinary expertise and cultural understanding. With a commitment to authenticity, the creator must consistently produce high-quality, engaging videos, demonstrating effective communication skills and audience connection. A strong social media presence, adaptability to trends, and a local connection further enhance the criteria for this role.

Culinary Fusion Excellence Award

Selection Criteria:

This award celebrates artfully blend diverse flavors and demonstrate cultural sensitivity in their innovative fusion creations, emphasizing top-tier taste and presentation for an exceptional dining experience.



Cottage Business

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Selection Criteria:

This award recognizes businesses in Sarawak that embody authenticity and innovation, emphasizing quality products, community impact, and an entrepreneurial spirit for sustained success in the local market. Successful candidates showcase a commitment to local culture, customer satisfaction, and responsible business practices.

Excellence and Innovation in Catering Service

Selection Criteria:

The “Excellence and Innovation in Catering Service” award recognizes outstanding catering services that creatively incorporate Sarawakian food and culture. Evaluated on adaptability, menu innovation, service quality, and positive customer experiences, this accolade celebrates brands making a distinctive mark by showcasing the richness of Sarawak’s culinary heritage in their catering offerings.

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