Exquisite Taste - - Grapevine -

As Ubud Food Fes­ti­val (UFF) 2017 nears, it’s ex­cit­ing to see more of the line-up be­ing an­nounced. Food en­thu­si­asts can ex­pect to rub el­bows with more of the culi­nary who’s who from all over the world. To name a few, French­man Joan­nès Rivière from Cui­sine Wat Dam­nak in Cam­bo­dia, Sicilian Lino Sauro from Gat­tor­pardo in Sin­ga­pore and Man­ju­nath Mu­ral from

The Song of In­dia in Sin­ga­pore – the first In­dian chef to re­ceive a Miche­lin star for an In­dian restau­rant in South­east Asia. From In­done­sia it­self there are the tal­ented Fer­nando Sindu from Bene­dict and Kim Pangestu from Nomz – both in Jakarta.

What’s even more ex­cit­ing is see­ing that UFF chefs took top spots at the 2017 S. Pel­le­grino & Ac­qua Panna Asia’s 50 Best Res­tau­rants Awards re­cently. At num­ber nine on the list is Chef Ju­lian Royer from Sin­ga­pore’s Odette restau­rant, who also brought his clas­si­cal French train­ing to UFF 2016. Aus­tralian Dave Pynt from Burnt Ends in Sin­ga­pore – who ap­peared at UFF 2015 – came close at num­ber 10.

Two of the most an­tic­i­pated guests of UFF this year are hus­band and wife Chefs Bo Songvisava and Dy­lan Jones from Bangkok’s Bo.lan fame, which climbed up to num­ber 19 on the list. Lo­ca­vore, the much-loved fine-din­ing Ubud restau­rant and also UFF reg­u­lar, made the most im­pres­sive climb on the list from num­ber 49 to num­ber 22. This just goes to show that in only three years, the fes­ti­val – that will run from 12th till 14th May – has grown into In­done­sia’s lead­ing culi­nary event, one not to be missed.

Dy­lan Jones from Bo.lan

Eelke Plas­mei­jer and Ray Adri­an­syah from Lo­ca­vore

Man­ju­nath Mu­ral from The Song of In­dia

Lino Sauro from Gat­tor­pardo

Kim Pangestu from Nomz

Joan­nès Rivière from Cui­sine Wat Dam­nak

Bo Songvisava from Bo.lan

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