The Dhar­mawangsa, Jakarta & a prized Pis­ta­chio Cheese­cake

Exquisite Taste - - Exquisite Dessert - – By Chris­tian Gal­braith

It's bril­liant to see so many up-and­com­ing young fe­male chefs mak­ing a mark and adding their flair and tal­ents to both the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fine­din­ing arena in In­done­sia. But there are a num­ber who have been qui­etly do­ing it for years, and most of­ten, with­out the ac­claim they per­haps de­serve. One such lady is the de­light­ful Yuri Ko­ma­lasari, as­sis­tant pas­try chef at The Dhar­mawangsa ho­tel in Jakarta, who has been cast­ing her sweet magic at the renowned venue for over 16 years.

: It’s a tough ca­reer, so when did you de­cide it was the right path for you?

A: I was al­ways in­ter­ested in cook­ing and cre­ativ­ity and de­cided hospitality was the path for me quite early in my life. When I went to the tourism academy, I knew I had made the right choice to ma­jor in pas­try.

: What or who were your early influences?

A: My mother played a ma­jor role, she was my big­gest in­flu­ence - I'd join her in the kitchen as a child, help­ing pre­pare fam­ily meals and such. She is nat­u­rally very proud of what I have ac­com­plished here at The Dhar­mawangsa.

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