PETALING JAYA: The use of a “gimmick” by the organiser of an event touted to be the “largest gathering of chefs” in Dataran Putrajaya on Sunday has caused Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor to be ridiculed on social media.
It all began with the event, called iCHEF 2017, bringing together 4,235 chefs in order to be recognised by the Guinness World Records (GWR) as the “largest gathering of chefs”.
However, an image tweeted by Tengku Adnan, who is more popularly known as Ku Nan, showing a “GWR certificate” recognising the achievement has become a joke, and gone viral on social media.
This has resulted in the Putrajaya MP being mocked by social media users for not recognising that the “GWR certificate” was fake, especially considering that it was riddled with grammatical errors.
In a statement released yesterday by the organiser, Finemen Holdings Sdn Bhd, it was revealed that the “GWR certificate” was indeed fake and used only as a gimmick.
The organiser said that the whole controversy was just a “misunderstanding” caused by the fact that a GWR official due to attend the event was unable to make it at the last minute.
“The misunderstanding occurred when the representative from Guinness World Records was unable to be present at the time the announcement was made. So, the certificate was not actually from Guinness World Records, and was used purely as a gimmick for the announcement.
“The Guinness World Records representative had said that if the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) has confirmed that the event was indeed the largest of its kind, then the event organiser could make an announcement on Guinness World Records’ behalf,” Finemen Holdings managing director Hakim Omar said.
He claimed that with MBR having verified the achievement at 3.45pm the same day, the gathering at Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 13, with 4,235 chefs in attendance, was therefore deemed the largest of its kind.
Hakim admitted that a “technical error” had occurred with the organiser preparing their own “GWR certificate” just for the announcement.
He added that Finemen Holdings was still liaising with GWR to obtain official confirmation and to get the actual certificate on the achievement.
According to GWR, the previous record was 3,634 set at the Consejo Nacional de Cultura Gastronomica (Mexico) at Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City on March 17, 2014. – FMT