Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A Truly Indonesian Culinary Experience


The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place will present an exceptional gastronomical event of the season on Thursday, 9 April 2015, featuring modern cuisine to support fund raising for Yayasan Cheshire Indonesia and to give opportunities for people with disabilities. Five renowned chefs across Indonesia will join their creative talent to present an exclusive menu inspired by unique ingredients from the archipelago.

Charity dinners have become very popular and highly effective way of fundraising. It is a perfect way to give back to the community. The top five chefs are Petty Elliott, Arimbi Nimpuno, Andrian Ishak, Sandra Djohan and Sean Macdougall, the hotel’s very own Executive Chef will prepare each one course as a part of a 5-course dinner paired with a fine selection of wine.

Guest can indulge with menu selection of Pan Seared Scallops, Coriander Pesto, Butternut Squash Purée; Donut Soup; Barramundi Woku En Croute, Woku Sauce; Black Nut Beef, Deconstructed Rawon Sauce; Kaffir Lime White Chocolate, Melon Mochi, Pandan Jelly; Indonesia Flavors in Chocolate. Price starts at Rp. 1,500,000++ per person for a five-course dinner inclusive of wine pairing.

Pacific Restaurant & Lounge is located on the 6th floor of The Ritz- Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. The place is a combination of a fine dining restaurant with comfortable yet cozy lounge and bar area overlooking the magnificent busy Jakarta commercial district.

Reservation can be made to Pacific Restaurant & Lounge at +62 21 25501993.

Barramundi Woku En Croute
Petty Elliott, a renowned journalist and gourmet, has been writing about food and giving cooking demonstrations on modern Indonesian Cuisine for more than eight years. Her book, Papaya Flower – Manadonese Cuisine, Provincial Indonesian Food was published on 2009 and reflects her upbringing, with an accent on the contemporary and modern using Indonesian ingredients. Petty’s culinary background is a blend of Indonesian home cooking, influences from Mediterranean Europe, as she had travel around the world and time spent in UK.

Arimbi Nimpuno, grew up in Austria and continued her formal studies in London for Commercial Arts and attained her Art History degree in Florida and Renaissance Painting in Boston. Her passion for culinary began at the age of 7, where she often watched her family’s personal cook, worked in the kitchen. Since 2010 she has been very active in contributing various lifestyle, table settings well as table manners and food articles for different Indonesia magazines, such as Marie Claire, majalah Dewi, majalah Clara, Prestige, Tatler.

Countless articles have also been written about her and her culinary journey in Indonesia. Arimbi is active in Yayasan Jantung Indonesia, since 2007, and is a member in their Fund Raising Department. Her big portfolio events include Argentinian Tango, Russian Ballet, Debutane Ball, and Chefs Dining. SKII has also chosen her as Key Opinion Leader for their product since 2008.

Sandra Djohan, a true born Indonesian introduces an old concept of French cuisine into a new experience of eating French food with an Indonesian twist of flavor. Djohan’s culinary expertise stems from her numerous research trips throughout the different regions in Europe, Asia, United States and her collection of the Indonesian kitchen. Her Culinary Education background at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, where she believes can combine the extraordinary flavors to both style of cooking. This passion to learn from her roots has formed her career as a Chef, crafting dishes straight from the heart. Her personal experiences, shared with great love and passion for food can be tasted and seen at Chef’s table at Epilogue.

Andrian Ishak, A chef owner and aspiring self-thought young Indonesian chef who experiments with scientific techniques to bring the complexities and heritage of traditional Indonesian food into the world of contemporary “fun dining” named Namaaz. He also collaborated with WWF & Greenpeace, ARTE Indonesian Art Festival, Caine Des Rotisseurs, Jakarta Culinary Festival and Heart Foundation Gala Dinner. Some of his personal experiences were guest judge for Indonesian Masterchef 2013, Member of Creative Council for Diageo - the world’s leading premium drinks business and Food Stylist television commercial for Diplomat by Wismilak. Andrian’s areas of expertise: Spherification, Distillation, Gelification, Cryogenic Cooking, Emulsification, Dehydration, Vacuum Pressure, Filtration, Sous Vide.

Sean Macdougall
Executive Chef Sean Macdougall oversees overall culinary department focusing on fine dining restaurant concept, luxurious weddings, banqueting, and conference operations of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place that will feature the largest ballroom in Asia and many other. Chef Macdougall is an Australian national and has gain over twenty years of cooking experience, also known as the Executive Chef specializing in multi cuisines restaurants and banqueting. Chef Macdougall has joined The Ritz-Carlton group in 2000 with many experiences as Executive Chef in some big chain hotels in Asia such as in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul. Prior to his successful career, Chef Macdougall has also collected his experiences from many hotel companies around the world.

Donut Soup
Yayasan Cheshire Indonesia
Yayasan Cheshire Indonesia is a residential and vocational training centre for adult men and women with mobility disabilities. Yayasan Cheshire Indonesia is a registered charity in Indonesia, located in Cilandak, South Jakarta, near Rumah Sakit (Hospital) Fatmawati. The YCI residential home cares for 24 residents of both sexes, all confined to a wheelchair. 90% of the residents have disabilities caused by road or industrial accidents; the rest have congenital conditions from polio or birth defects. The residents can learn handicraft, woodwork, English, computer or administration with the goal that each resident is able to gain skills and return to the community and live independently.

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is a place for those who prefer to have the comfort of home while indulging in the legendary personal service and warm hospitality from The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen. Conveniently located next to The Jakarta Stock Exchange, easily accessible from anywhere in the city, the hotel is perched on top of Pacific Mall & Entertainment complex. The hotel features 62 guest rooms which include 20 Superior Grand Club Rooms, 23 Deluxe Grand Club Rooms, 8 Executive Grand Club Rooms, 7 Mayfair Suites, 2 Mayfair Spa Suites, 1 Ritz-Carlton Suite and 1 Presidential Suite.

A total of 139 residences are available in 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms units. The Club Lounge features ample seating and working space, 2 meeting rooms, business center services and complimentary Wireless Internet access. Pacific Restaurant & Lounge offers a three-meal specialty all day dining featuring Premium Grill with 4 private rooms. 8 Lounge an ideal open air lounge to enjoy romantic escape. A 3,800sqm ballroom and 3,800sqm pre function area can cater up to 10,000 people for standing reception or 2,400 people of sit down banquets.

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