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Dining With The Chefs

Published 01 June 2012   

“It is all about the food,” said master chef and owner of Metis restaurant, Doudou, as we spoke about a special dinner held at his restaurant recently, which was organised to champion four local Indonesian chefs from different restaurants around town: Desyanto Nugroho from The Stones, Ronald Tokilov from Bali Cardamon, Christfian Nehemia from Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, Ridwan Isbani from Laguna Resort & Spa and Arief Wicaksono from Metis.

It was a commendable project for Metis to get behind as Indonesian chefs have been excelling in kitchens and competitions all around the world in recent years and there is no doubt that through events like this one, held in late March, their acceptance in the international culinary world will be enhanced, especially from the notoriously parochial Bali expat crowd.

They each had a single course to prepare out of the five courses served on the evening and there was an added touch of multimedia with live footage being televised directly from the kitchen to large screens encompassing the dining area. After introductions were made the chefs and their assisting crews began preparing the multitude of dishes under the gaze of the hundred or so dining guests.

There were many highlights amongst the inventive menu presented on the evening including a very intricately presented oven-roasted octopus carpaccio, and a tasty and perfectly cooked Kemangi crusted black cod with toasted cauliflower, herb broth and crispy taro. Other dishes included a pan-seared foie gras, roasted wagyu beef and a delectable dessert to die for.

The evening was accompanied by chilled sounds from a classy jazz ensemble and pre- and after-drinks in the bar.