PADMA RESORT UBUD'S EXECUTIVE CHEF SHARES HIS KITCHEN STORIES AND LOVE FOR FOOD.
No matter how far it flies, the bird always returns to its nest. That saying might be perfect to illustrate the life of Chef Ketut Sumerta, Executive Chef of Padma Resort Ubud. About 17 years of his career have been spent overseas, but recently he returned to his hometown in Puhu Village, Ubud, to work as the Executive Chef of Padma Resort Ubud. Growing up in a family that loved art and cooking shaped the life of Chef Ketut. Born and raised in Puhu Village, Ubud, he learned to cook by watching the way his family created daily dishes. Chef Ketut then studied at STP Nusa Dua to learn more about cooking and the hospitality industry. "After graduating, I worked overseas for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, going to Dubai, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Macau. It was an amazing experience," says the chef. In other countries he learned to cook local dishes, including Middle Eastern food, French pastries, Italian pastas, and Chinese food. "Most of my dishes are influenced by the Middle East, because I stayed quite a while in Istanbul. But I'm not forgetting my roots," he promises. Returning home last year, Chef Ketut is now working at Padma Resort Ubud, which is located right in his hometown, Puhu Village. "I'm glad to be back where I started. I can be close to my family again. Also, here I can cook using the natural resources from the village, which are fresh and healthy, and which make high-quality dishes." The specialities he likes to cook in Padma Resort Ubud are Spicy Bali Soup, Sirloin Steak with Asparagus & Pumpkin Soup, Fillet Barramundi, and Nasi Komplit Bali. All of this food he creates with admirable passion, and it is beautifully presented. Aside from cooking, Chef Ketut has a passion for the arts, just like every other Balinese. He has an art studio where he can be seen doing a traditional Balinese performance twice a week. "My love for food is as big as my love for art. Now here in my hometown, I can do them both," he concludes. –