Fu­sion is the Fu­ture

Exquisite Taste - - Publisher's Note - Lenny Mar­lina Tanu lenny@ex­quis­ite-me­dia.co.id Pub­lisher & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor

In terms of culi­nary genre, the art of fu­sion used to be widely in­ter­preted as merg­ing two dif­fer­ent cook­ing cul­tures on one plate. How­ever, as we learned while work­ing on this is­sue of Ex­quis­ite Taste, there's so much more to the phi­los­o­phy of fu­sion. Beyond unique tastes, fu­sion cui­sine also rep­re­sents the jour­neys taken by the chefs and the in­spir­ing el­e­ments they have come across in or­der to get to where they are now. Fu­sion con­nects, from one influence to an­other, from the cre­ator to the dish and, of course, from the dish to your palate. As we move for­ward with glob­al­i­sa­tion, the con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment of fu­sion cui­sine also marks the era of global food.

In this cover story, we bring you an ar­ray of din­ing des­ti­na­tions in Jakarta, Bali, Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong that we think best ab­sorb the idea of fu­sion, in­cor­po­rat­ing it to their cre­ations and serv­ing din­ers with dishes that evoke the right kind of emo­tions – or in a nut­shell, some­thing that blows your mind.

We also talked to cov­eted chefs like Ha­jime Ka­suga from Hen­shin, Mau­r­izio Bom­bini from Man­dapa, a Ritz-Carl­ton Re­serve and An­gelo Cic­cone from Re­gent Sin­ga­pore, A Four Sea­sons Hotel, about the food trend and what makes them tick in the kitchen in the Up Close & Personal pages. In ad­di­tion, we bring you the hard­work­ing F&B pro­fes­sion­als and their in­spir­ing sto­ries in Be­hind The Scenes.

Our Gourmet pages bring you other F&B el­e­ments around the re­gion to com­plete your fu­sion din­ing jour­ney, be­fore end­ing the evening with some nice desserts and tip­ples. Speak­ing of which, Ex­quis­ite Dessert in­tro­duces the en­tic­ing sweets and cof­fee on of­fer at the new Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach. A glass or two of McWil­liam's wines in Ex­quis­ite Wine Pair­ing af­ter­wards won't hurt, and if you still feel like be­ing on the move, check out hap­pen­ing bars and clubs in After Din­ner Nightlife.

Have an ap­petis­ing read, and we'll see you next time!

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