Over 100 chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and food writers from across Indonesia and 20
other countries are about to descend on Ubud Food Festival 2019 Presented by ABC
(UFF) from 26-28 April. In its fifth year UFF will be generously seasoned with the theme Spice Up the World. As Indonesian cuisine’s status on the world food stage rises, and the nation itself emerges as a
culinary tourism hotspot, the Festival will explore the best ways to make Indonesia’s culinary
The UFF menu features 36 cooking demonstrations across two stages, 23 special
events at Ubud’s top-rated venues, 15 masterclasses led by industry leaders, and 23
discussions tackling topics ranging from Bali’s waste reduction efforts to reality TV cooking
shows to the future of food.
Home to high-energy demos and fiery competitions, the Kitchen Stage is set to welcome a
quintet of chefs fresh from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Luca Fantin of Tokyo’s il
Ristorante Luca Fantin (no. 18), Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn of Bangkok’s Le Du (no.
20), Jordy Navarra of Manila’s Toyo Eatery (no. 43), Darren Teoh of Kuala Lumpur’s
Dewakan (no. 46), and Jimmy Lim of Taiwan’s JL Studio (One to Watch Award) will share
signature dishes with enthusiastic foodies.
The ultimate foodie’s guide to town, the special events series of long table lunches and onenight-only degustation dinners are created by UFF headliners. Chefs Ray Adriansyah and
Eelke Plasmeijer of Locavore (no. 42 and recipient of the Sustainable Restaurant Award)
will collaborate with their Asia’s 50 Best list mates for two sold out events: Into the Wild
and Best of Asia, held at Nusantara by Locavore.
At Best of Bali 2.0, six chefs from some of the island’s most vaunted venues – Bikini, Cuca,
Kaum, Mason and Mozaic – will go shoulder-to-shoulder to serve the best of the island’s
produce. UFF also presents unrivaled opportunities to explore contemporary Indonesian
cuisine. At world-renowned Amandari, Jakarta’s rising culinary star Fernando Sindu will
join Amandari’s Executive Chef Reynaldo DeLuna II, and AMAN’s Regional Chef Shane
Lewis, while at Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, voted World’s Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure
last year, Jakarta’s Chef of the Year 2018 Ragil Imam Wibowo will serve six courses
representing the major islands of the archipelago.
Chef Ragil will also appear on the free entry Indonesian cooking demo stage Teater Kuliner
(Culinary Theatre), alongside a host of the nation’s culinary heroes, including Ibu Sisca
Soewitomo, Charles Toto ‘the Jungle Chef’ from Papua, and Bara Pattiradjawane.
“At the fifth UFF food lovers can explore a feast of regional Indonesian cuisines that you’d
rarely find in restaurants overseas,” commented Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. “From
Acehnese, Balinese, Batak and Betawi, to Moluccan, Sumbanese and Papuan – the diversity
at UFF19 is testament to this nation’s astonishing yet under-appreciated culinary identity.
“Alongside these unique regional cuisines, contemporary creations prepared by our most
outstanding chefs will show that this identity deserves to be better known. I can’t wait to
welcome you all to UFF19 as we spice up the world with Indonesian food,” concluded