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Hailing from across the Indonesian archipelago and the world, the Ubud Food Festival brings together celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, social entrepreneurs and outstanding innovators. Browse our lineup of extraordinary talent and click through to see where they'll be appearing in the program.


Ade Putri Paramadita – Culinary Storyteller

Born and raised in a foodie family, Ade Putri Paramadita is a former radio show host at the helm of FoodieS’ 6×6 web series on YouTube. A food stylist, food writer …

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Amanda Katili Niode – Omar Niode Foundation

Amanda Katili Niode is the Co-founder and Chairperson of Omar Niode Foundation, an Indonesian non-profit raising awareness about education and human resources in the field of agriculture, food, and culinary …

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Andrian Ishak – Chef-Owner Namaaz Dining

Andrian Ishak is an award-winning, self-taught Indonesian chef who experiments with scientific techniques to bring the complexities and heritage of traditional Indonesian food, culture and art into the world of …

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Arielle Chenarra – Thyme & Caramel

Young entrepreneur Arielle Chenarra launched Thyme & Caramel, a gluten-free, organic and vegan cakery selling special occasion cakes, when she was just 13-years-old. The idea came from necessity as Arielle …

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Arif Springs – Guru Jamu

Originally from West Java, Arif Springs was born into a traditional family where from an early age he learned grassroots ways to heal his family with herbs and spices. In …

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Ayu Gayatri Kresna – Pengalaman Rasa

North Balinese Ayu Gayatri Kresna’s cooking training began as a child in her family’s kitchen – learning the art of traditional cooking while honing her senses to master numerous authentic …

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Azimin Saini – Digital Food Journalist

Singapore-based journalist Azimin Saini has worked on both print and digital titles, from luxury magazine The Peak to Michelin Guide Singapore/Hong Kong. He is currently Deputy Editor at Lifestyle Asia, …

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Bara Pattiradjawane – Bara Supercook

Jakarta-born Bara grew up in Thailand and various European countries, which is where his passion for cooking was sparked. Although he worked as a journalist and writer his culinary interests …

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Benjamin Cross – Mejekawi

Hailing from Byron Bay, Benjamin Cross traveled the world honing his craft in prestigious restaurants from Sydney to New York to Barcelona, before making Bali home in 2007. At Mejekawi …

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Benny Santoso – iniTempe

Benny Santoso is a young foodpreneur who grew up in Solo in Central Java. He and his family ate tempe daily, which sprouted his interest in experimenting with the Indonesian …

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Billy Kalangi – Celebrity Chef

Manadonese chef Billy Kalangi inherited his cooking talent from his father. At the age of ten Billy started cooking for himself and assisting his father in the kitchen. Since 2004 …

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Cat Wheeler – Slow Food Bali

Canadian writer Cat Wheeler has lived in Bali since 2000. Granddaughter of a farmer and Co-founder of Slow Food Bali, she is deeply concerned about food security. Cat takes an …

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Celtic Room – Traditional Celtic Music

Celtic Room is a community of instrumental music players and fans formed in Jakarta in 2014. It has 60 members across Jakarta, Medan and Bandung, with the newest group being …

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Charles Toto – The Jungle Chef

Charles Toto, the Jungle Chef from Jayapura, Papua, uses foraged ingredients from the forests of his fertile homelands to put a Papuan twist on international favorites. In 2006 he founded …

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Chris Salans – The Master Chef

Chris Salans hailed from three Michelin-starred restaurants in France and the US before creating his pioneering style of French cuisine-meets-Balinese flavors at Ubud’s multiple award-winning Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, and Spice …

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Cristian Encina – PICA South American Kitchen

Cristian Encina had his first taste of the kitchen at 13, working at his father’s popular lunch eatery in Santiago. After developing his skills in fine dining restaurants in Chile, …

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Crystal Chiu – Asli Food Project ft. Indonesia

Crystal Chiu’s career started at the French Pastry School in Chicago and Daniel in New York City. She then started traveling and staged at Narisawa in Japan and Brae in …

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Dade Akbar – Warteg Gourmet

Gastronomic trailblazer Dade Akbar honors humble Indonesian street dishes by transforming them into exquisite haute cuisine. Attracting extensive national and international media coverage, his social media account Warteg Gourmet has …

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Damar Narotama – DON.U

A Jakarta native, Damar Narotama has always been a home cook. He left his job as a journalist and moved to Ubud in 2014 to take up a role in …

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Daniel Chavez – Ola and Tono Singapore

Daniel Chavez is the Chef-Owner of OLA Cocina del Mar and TONO Cevicheria. Daniel’s cooking style draws from his Peruvian heritage and culinary training in Spanish cuisine with legendary Spanish-Catalan …

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