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.


Made Runatha – MOKSA

Made Runatha approaches his work with a single mandate: making healthy food taste fantastic. Specializing in raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes, he heads MOKSA in Ubud, where he follows the …

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Made Sayoga – Hujan Locale

With ten years’ experience in French cuisine and pastry gained in Bali’s most representative restaurants of French savoir-faire, Made ‘Denik’ Sayoga is now the talented Head Chef of Hujan Locale. …

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Made Sujaya (Jay) – The Royal Purnama

Made Sujaya (Jay) has worked at some of Indonesia’s most prestigious venues and restaurants to hone his fusion-style cuisine. As the Executive Chef at The Royal Purnama, Jay puts a …

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Mandif Warokka – Teatro and BLANCO par Mandif

Chef Mandif Warokka is an innovative, award-winning chef and restaurateur who has worked in Michelin-starred venues. He now heads the kitchen at Bali’s celebrated Teatro Gastroteque Restaurant in Seminyak and …

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Mary Jane Edleson – Slow Food Bali

Mary Jane Edleson, kitchen alchemist and organic gardening magician, has pursued her passion for good food through a wide range of culinary research and sustainable agriculture programs over nearly four …

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Maurizio Bombini – Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine

Maurizio Bombini earned his trade at his parents’ restaurant on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. From there, his culinary adventures have taken him to Italy, France, the United States, …

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Maxie Millian – Merah Putih and Sangsaka

Originally from West Java, Maxie Millian’s cooking career has taken him across Indonesia and through some of the most diverse and luxurious restaurants in the world. From bustling Jakarta to …

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Namhar Hernanto – NOW! Bali Multimedia

At the helm of the NOW! Bali editorial team, Namhar Hernanto has plenty on his plate with Bali’s ever-flourishing food and beverage industry. He finds inspiration for his dining stories …

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Nita Aartsen Trio – Contemporary Latin Jazz

Jakarta-born Nita Aartsen spent three years at the Moscow Conservatory studying contemporary jazz, before returning to become State Pianist of the Republic of Indonesia in 1986. During her 15 years …

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Novia R Soewitomo – Culinary Practitioner

The daughter of much-loved culinary expert Ibu Sisca Soewitomo, a pioneer of Indonesian TV cooking, Novia has learnt from the vast experiences of her mother. She is currently undertaking a …

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Orkes Analog – Acoustic Dangdut

Orkes Analog formed in 2012, after they made an impromptu performance at the photography exhibition event Lomonesia Bali at Lingkara Photo Gallery. The band comprises Cakman on vocals and ukelele, …

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Paul Hellier – Fair Food Forager

Paul Hellier is a surfer, environmentalist and entrepreneur. After years of working in the environmental sector and decades of volunteering to plant trees, rescue wildlife and clean beaches, Paul set …

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Pemuda Sinarmas – Dancing Through Time

Pemuda Sinarmas is a pioneering cassette jockey from Jakarta. His diverse music ranges from Indonesian disco to pop rock, from jaipong (traditional Sundanese music) to dangdut and even funkot (Indonesian …

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Petrina Loh – Morsels, Singapore

Award-winning Singaporean Chef-Owner Petrina Loh of Morsels is renowned for her open-mindedness toward fusion. Diving into the history of ingredients and marrying Asian food cultures in novel ways, Petrina excels …

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Petty Elliott – Pioneering Modern Indonesian Food

A self-taught chef and one of Indonesia’s foremost food writers, Petty Elliott has pioneered the archipelago’s cuisine as it blends with modern influences. Her latest cookbook Jakarta Bites explores the …

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Pingkan Irwin – GO-JEK

Pingkan Irwin is the Vice President of Core Products Marketing of GO-JEK, the leading on-demand services platform in Indonesia. GO-JEK is committed to empowering Indonesia’s informal sectors and SMEs through …

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Putri Mumpuni – BEAU by Talita Setyadi

After studying Culinary Arts in Yogyakarta, Chef Putri Mumpuni finished in ninth place in Top Chef Indonesia. Putri then traveled throughout Asia and Europe promoting Indonesian food at major events. …

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Rafi Papazian – French Artisan Baker

A culinary entrepreneur, Chef Rafi Papazian’s love of pastry and sweet treats took him from his home country of France in search of the perfect place to open his bakery, …

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Ragil Imam Wibowo – NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy

Chef Ragil Imam Wibowo and food go a long way back – at five he dreamed of becoming a chef while mixing spices in his mother’s kitchen. Now, with 20 …

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Rahul Mehra – Sommelier at bridges

Indian-born Rahul is passionate about wine and sharing his vast knowledge, gained from studying the subject in the USA, Switzerland and Italy. Before moving to Bali he worked in five-star …

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