Image by Agung Abi/Ubud Food Festival.
Image by Agung Abi/Ubud Food Festival.

UBUD, Bali (BPN) – Indonesia’s leading culinary event, Ubud Food Festival 2020 has announced its full lineup of over 90 chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, farmers, food writers, researchers and activists. From 17-19 April, the three-day cross-culinary discovery will be filled with an action-packed program of cooking demos, special events, food tours, masterclasses and more, in over 30 venues in Ubud.

In its sixth year, the Festival has grown into one of Southeast Asia’s most popular gourmet gatherings and the nation’s primary platform for sharing its diverse culinary cultures, unique local produce, and top restaurants with the world. UFF20 is set to inspire national and international foodies with the theme Heroes.

“One of the most significant aspects about the food on our table is the people behind it. When we’re eating, we tend to forget that there’s a story behind every food item, every meal, every cuisine. We want to highlight the people behind the process and the significant role they play in creating the exemplary flavors that we have today,” explained UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe.  

In line with this year’s theme, UFF brings together local food heroes to collaborate with acclaimed chefs from across the world, encouraging cross-cultural exchange and forging new pathways. From Amsterdam to Adelaide, Bangka to Banjarmasin, Düsseldorf to Dubai, Maluku to Manila, and from all around Bali, the lineup is a testament to Indonesian food’s rising status on the world culinary stage.

Named as Chef of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2020, Barbados-born Paul Carmichael is ready to serve eight courses of Caribbean-Japanese-Indonesian cuisines along with chef-writer Matt Abergel, whose book Chicken and Charcoal won a 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award, local legend Chris Salans, and Khanh Nguyen, Head Chef of Sunda Dining (listed in Australian’s Hot 50 Restaurants 2019).

The Festival creates space for exciting collaborations. Germany’s youngest female Michelin-starred chef, Julia Komp, will present a romantic fine-dining experience of contemporary European artistry with Dennis Huwaë of Amsterdam’s Daalder, awarded as the Most Talented Chef of 2018 by French restaurant guide Gault Millau, acclaimed chef Nic Vanderbeeken of Apéritif Restaurant and Bar, Viceroy, and the award-winning Executive Pastry Chef from Belgium, Yannis J. Janssens.

On a mission to bring Indonesian food to the world, Eddrian Tjhia presents an extraordinary celebration of traditional dishes from his island home of Bangka, Southeast Sumatra to Plataran. While at bridges, Master Chef Indonesia judge Renatta Moeloek brings her millennial effervescence to creating dazzling French-Indonesian modern fare alongside Head Chef of Bridges, Wayan Sukarta.

The Kitchen Stage gives Festival-goers a chance to get up close and personal with
celebrated chefs. Bringing a new level of appreciation of meat and natural
ingredients, chef-owner of the highly-acclaimed SI JIN Steakhouse Joel Lim Si Jin
will serve tender steak incorporating Korean techniques with local ingredients
sourced from across Bali.

“We’re thrilled to announce the full lineup of speakers joining us for our sixth year. We’re also delighted to have more regional Indonesian cuisine than ever before. From local warungs, farmers, artisan producers and village cooks to breathtaking venues and world-class chefs, we have your gastronomic desires covered at UFF20,” DeNeefe commented.

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