Speakers

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.


I Kadek Edi – Crafting Great Coffee

I Kadek Edi is a coffee roaster, barista, educator and one of the first Balinese coffee makers to achieve the gold standard SCAA Q Grader qualification. Edi is a Co-founder …

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I Made Chakra – Tri Hita Karana Bali

I Made Chakra was born into a rice farming family near Ubud in 1973, when the so-called ‘Green Revolution’ introduced chemical farming. When Made was growing up money for food …

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I Putu Dodik Sumarjana – Nusantara by Locavore

I Putu Dodik Sumarjana joined Locavore as part of the pre-opening team. As an Indonesian, Chef Putu is proud to show what can be achieved with local ingredients and he …

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Janet DeNeefe – UFF Founder & Director

Janet DeNeefe, Founder and Director of Ubud Food Festival and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, has lived in Bali for three decades. Her memoir Fragrant Rice charts her love affair …

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Janur Yasa – MOKSA

A world traveler native to Bali, Made Janur Yasa is passionate about environmental sustainability, community-building, martial arts, and incredible food. Co-founder of plant-to-plate restaurant MOKSA, Made believes in the transformative …

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Jed Doble – Food Writer and Publisher

Jed Doble is a respected food writer and publishing professional. His brands FoodieS and FoodieS Bali publish a monthly print magazine with digital channels, featuring culinary stories from across Indonesia, …

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Jon Leonard – Wanaprasta Founder

A leading advocate of ‘earth love’ farming practice in Southeast Asia, Jon Leonard has been involved with developing agricultural projects in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and India. He …

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Jun Bintang – Bali Pop Rock

Jun Bintang’s full name is I Made Juniarta. The singer from Gianyar started pursuing music seriously during college. His songs are inspired by foreign and Indonesian bands such as Guns …

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Jun Lee – Soigné

Chef Jun Lee graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2010. He was the first Korean chef to operate solely pop-up restaurants, and during these projects developed his culinary …

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Kadek Lisa and Fransiska Natalia – Fair Trade Auditor

Kadek Lisa and Fransiska Natalia are Indonesia’s Fair Trade Auditor team. They manage a Fair Trade outlet in Sanur, selling handicrafts and food products in cooperation with fair traders from …

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Kadek Suardika – Proud Balinese Farmer

Kadek Suardika has been growing his own food, not only for his family but his whole village, since 2004. His inspiring work at his Ancut Garden made him leader of …

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Kevin Cherkas – CUCA

Chef Kevin Cherkas has worked in some of the world’s most outstanding Michelin-starred restaurants. Co-founder of CUCA, he’s been praised for his tasty globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine. In just …

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Kevin Kumala – Avani Eco

Kevin Kumala has an educational background in the fields of biology, medicine and business management. He is the Co-founder and Chief Green Officer of eco-technology company, Avani, whose mission to …

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Kieran Morland – Merah Putih and Sangsaka

Kieran Morland’s interest in Indonesian cooking began when his sister relocated from Australia to West Java in the 1990s. Eating at street carts from a young age, he now heads …

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Kim Pangestu – Chef Kimmy

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney, Kim Pangestu excels in pastry, cakes and desserts. She has worked alongside renowned Australian chefs such as Adriano Zumbo, Kristen Tibbals, Tetsuya Wakuda …

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Kul Kul Connection – Green School Bali

Kul Kul Connection is a part of Green School Bali. The program promotes unity between the international and local community. From taking action on local waste problems, to building a …

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Laksmi Pamuntjak – Indonesian Novelist, Poet, and Food Critic

Laksmi Pamuntjak is a bilingual Indonesian novelist, poet, journalist, and food critic. Winner of Germany’s LiBeraturpreis 2016 for her first novel Amba/The Question of Red, she is also the author …

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Leanna Rachel – Soulful, Classic Songwriting

Bali-based, Los Angeles native songstress Leanna Rachel weaves together vocals dripping with emotion, acoustic guitar and mbira to create ethereal ballads. Soulful, classic songwriting steeped in folklore, woven into a …

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Lily Of The Valley – Experimental Folk & Post-Rock

Lily of The Valley is an experimental folk and post rock group formed in 2016 in Denpasar, Bali, comprising Baihaki Sifa (vocals and guitar), Komanje Tri Lugiantara (bass), Ijlal Faiz …

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Made Lugra – Authentic Balinese Chef

Made Lugra is one of Bali’s most seasoned and innovative chefs. Heading the kitchen at Ubud’s Ayung Resort, he creates a fascinating fusion of Western techniques and traditional Balinese dishes. …

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