The Dharmawangsa, Jakarta & a prized Pistachio Cheesecake
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.