AT TAYLOR'S: Tengku Murad Tengku Mokhtar (tengkumurad.tengkumokhtar@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Taylor's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
Temptations Restaurant opened for business in 2011. It is a technologically modern restaurant, with a high capacity for food production using a moderately high end self-service concept. In addition to being involved in many of the premier events at Taylor’s University - including the visit by the King of Swaziland and his royal family’s official visit to Malaysia and catering at functions for the French Embassy - one of the most important objectives of Temptations is to provide opportunities for students enrolled in the School of Hospitality to complete their studies and get the necessary hands-on experience they will need to land jobs once they graduate.
Manager Tengku Murad, who looks after the busy facility and its many students notes, “We grant complete freedom to our future chefs to run this restaurant with their own food recipes to develop creativity and encourage them to explore their own culinary potential.” Students are given the opportunity to put the theory they learn in class into daily practice in the fully equipped kitchen as they serve university staff and guest as customers in a commercial restaurant setting that is always busy on weekdays with staff and students looking for good food at reasonable prices.
Located overlooking a tranquil lake at Taylor’s new Lakeside Campus,Temptations offers casual dining throughout the day, beginning with a buffet breakfast from 7 to 9 am, lunch from 12 until 2 pm and supper from 4 to 6 pm every Monday to Friday. Temptations serves food from a variety of Asian cuisines - Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and Thai – as well as Western and vegetarian specialties. The price ranges from five to fifteen ringgit, which keeps the cost affordable for Taylor’s students.

More than a business, Temptations is more like a working classroom where students learn not only the importance of creativity in food preparations, but the real-life challenges of working as a team to meet public demand for timeliness, cleanliness and dealing with the public in a pleasant way. It is a form of community service that is often overlooked simply because it so excellently well-run it looks and seems to function just like a business. But make no mistake, this is holistic and real-world education at its functional best and its acceptance as simply part of the Taylor’s Lakeside Campus landscape is testimony to the community values being taught by Tengku Murad who want his students to learn the importance of service learning every day.

Further information about Temptations, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, and all of the other fine restaurants that can be enjoyed on the campus of Taylor's University can be found at: http://www.taylors.edu.my/en/university/schools/tcht/facilities

Written by Amanda Woo amanda.woo95@gmail.com