The IFT Educational Restaurant has won the 2018 Award for Euroexcellence in Food and Beverage, from the Macau European Chamber of Commerce.
The body said in a release it was recognising the restaurant for “its active promotion of multicultural culinary exchange between Europe and Macao”.
The award was presented to IFT’s Executive Assistant Manager of Food and Beverage, Mr. David Wong, during the annual gala dinner of the Macau European Chamber of Commerce. The event was held on 18 May at the Grand Lisboa Hotel.
The Macau European Chamber of Commerce instituted a series of annual awards in 2015, as a way of – in the language of the body – encouraging local enterprises and institutions to engage in Sino-Western collaboration, to create new opportunities for international business, and to sustain Macao’s rich history of cross-cultural exchange.
The IFT Educational Restaurant – at the Mong-Há Campus – provides an opportunity for students to gain in-depth, practical experience of the restaurant business, while being coached and supervised by experienced instructors. The setup allows students to interact with paying guests in a real-life setting.
The restaurant’s menu offers a selection of Macanese and Portuguese-style dishes, made with a modern touch. The restaurant supports organic farming and the Slow Food movement. Herbs used in its dishes are grown in a herb garden on the Mong-Há Campus.
From time to time the establishment puts on special events that promote food and cuisine to be found in different parts of the world. It also has seasonal menus.
The IFT Educational Restaurant is recommended in several international guides. Since 2009 it has been featured annually in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau. It also holds a “Certificate of Excellence Award” from the popular international travel website TripAdvisor. The Institute’s training unit has been annually since 2012 a recipient of the coveted award for this category.