When Stars Glitter 当群星璀璨闪耀

CHT Gala Dinner 2019 – The Host

It was as if the universe conspired to make the CHT Gala Dinner 2019 one of the most celebrated events in Melbourne this season.  Held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, the event saw to the attendance of more than 300 socialites, entrepreneurs, tycoons and the well-heeled, in their finest attire. Designer evening wear, sequins, tuxedos were the order of the night, while some even spotted capes and lacey trains.  

Master of ceremonies Ian Goldsmith started the glittering event by introducing the CEO of CHTNetwork Australia Ping Ch’ng who gave an inspiring speech. The audience was also held captive by brother and founder of CHTNetwork Ch’ng Huck Theng who concluded his speech with flair and panache, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am Ch’ng Huck Theng.”

The evening took on a high note with spell-binding performances by Voci Classiche opera singers Cosimo Ciccone and Rada Tochalna who delivered an unforgettable and moving repertoire that left the audience in awe. Reigning over the runway was the creative and talented international designer KL Ho who recently showcased his collection at the New York Fashion Week. In Melbourne his work is nothing short of spectacular.  

Winners of the Best Dressed Awards, Nicole Yap, Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita and Nicole Chow, paraded on the runway for all to admire and emulate their ensemble of the evening. Ripples of excitement floated through the glitterati when famous auctioneer Toni El-Helou from Biggin & Scott took the floor to auction off art masterpieces, dinners cooked by celebrity chefs, media and photography services from KMT Events and DLX Creative respectively.

Just when the guests thought things could not get anymore exciting, the latest issue of EZ Australia magazine was unveiled featuring Kim Lowman from Rothelowman Architects, on the cover. This was followed by a rousing and boisterous raffle draw offering prizes like air tickets from Odyssey Travel, high tea and hotel accommodation from Sofitel, eight-course degustation meal from Silks at Crown, beautiful songket fabric from the Malaysian Consulate office, electrical goods from Buffalo, wines from Rochford Estate, Royal Selangor pewter, OMI dining vouchers, and beauty treatments from Secret De Beaute. 

Winners of the Best Dressed Awards, Nicole Yap, Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita, Nicole Chow & Ping

The exquisite menu for the night was specially designed by celebrity chef Jeffrey Tan (OAM) who paired beautiful wines with Sofitel’s delectable cuisine of salmon, duck, lamb, fine cheeses, pastries and desserts.  

Finally, when the curtains closed, a great night was declared by all, with many exchanging contacts and promises to keep in touch, venture into new social and business partnerships. 

仿佛宇宙浩瀚的星群闪耀使2019年CHT晚会成为本季墨尔本最令人瞩目的红毯盛会之一。在墨尔本柯林斯索菲特酒店(Sofitel Melbourne on Collins)聚集了300多名盛装赴会的社会名流、企业家与大亨们。设计师的晚装、亮片、燕尾礼服是当晚的主流,而带斑点花纹的披肩和蕾丝裙裾也成为晚宴的亮点之一。

典礼司仪 Ian Goldsmith 介绍了CHTNetwork澳大利亚的首席执行官 Ping Ch’ng,并发表了鼓舞人心的演讲。观众也聚焦于其兄长-也是CHTNetwork创始人庄学腾(Ch’ng Huck Theng)的精彩演说,他在演讲结束时潇洒地说:“谢谢,谢谢,谢谢,我是庄学腾。”

至于当晚表演嘉宾 Voci Classiceh 歌剧演唱家 – Cosimo Ciccone 和 Rada Tochalna 的现场演出曲目引人入胜,让观众留下了深刻印象且动容万分。另外,占据T台的是富有创造力和才华横溢的国际设计师KL Ho,他最近在纽约时装周上展示了出色的设计。在墨尔本,他的作品更是显得锋芒毕露。

最佳服装奖的优胜者-Nicole Yap, , Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita和Nicole Chow等都是一抹绚丽的风景,聚集不少欣羡的目光。而当来自Biggin & Scott的著名拍卖师Toni El-Helou分别为艺术品杰作、名厨晚宴,KMT Events与DLX Creative公司的媒体和摄影服务进行拍卖时,在晚宴席间掀起一阵兴奋的涟漪。

而当来宾认为惊喜不再的时刻,大会也宣布了最新一期的《御智澳大利亚》杂志的封面人物是来自Rothelowman Architects的Kim Lowman。紧随着就是激动人心的抽奖环节,奖品包括奥德赛旅行机票、索菲特酒店的住宿和下午茶,皇冠酒店Silks餐厅的8道美味佳肴、马来西亚领事馆办公室送出的Songket金绵缎纺织品,Buffalo电子产品,Rochford Estate的葡萄酒,皇家雪兰莪锡制品,OMI餐饮代金券和 Secret De Beaute美容产品。

当晚的精致菜单是由名厨陈江熙-Jeffrey Tan (OAM)特别设计的,他用美味的葡萄酒搭配了索菲特美味的三文鱼、鸭肉、羊肉、奶酪、糕点和甜点。


Faces of Melbourne • Influential Captains & Upcoming Leaders

From Left – Right: Ping, David Liao, Alex HK Lim, Dr Giovanni Butera, Chef Jeffrey Tan, OAM, Ken Ong, OAM, Mazita Marzuki, Penny Sun,  Kim Lowman, Jason Yeap, OAM, Nicole Chow, Nicole Yap, Carolyn Masson, David Chandler, Josh Chye, Toni El-Helou, Ven Chin & Ch’ng

EZ Australia was launched 5 years ago and it was the initial trust and support of the Melburnians that made this magazine where it is today. Hence we have decided to acknowledge the selected few Melburnians that have contributed and shaped this beautiful society as ‘Faces Of Melbourne’.