The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is delighted to welcome Executive Chef, Manoj Rawat, to lead its culinary team. He comes direct from Novotel Langley Perth in Western Australia where he was responsible for Food & Beverage services at several respected dining outlets.
Born and bred in India, Chef Manoj was passionate about cooking from a very early age. He embarked on a three year diploma in Hotel Management and then accepted his first job in the hospitality industry as a teenager with Grand Hyatt New Dehli. As an Operations Trainee, he was exposed to all the inner workings of the Food & Beverage department.
Over the ensuing years, Chef Manoj rapidly rose through the ranks of the culinary hierarchy by working for some of the top hotel brands in India. He enjoyed the challenge of a pre-opening stint for The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa in Gurgaon, where he was instrumental in setting up two opening kitchens.
Upon relocating to Australia for a role at Sheraton On The Park in Sydney, Chef Manoj took charge of Botanica Brasserie. This popular eatery invariably served up to 1,000 meals a day and won the prestigious AHA National Award for excellence in 2010 under Chef Manoj’s leadership. A subsequent move later saw him move into the role of Executive Chef at Crowne Plaza Perth to oversee culinary and banqueting operations.
Chef Manoj has now arrived on the island of Bali to assume responsibility for several Food & Beverage dining venues at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. This includes beachfront Ikan Restaurant & Bar, Prego the fun Italian restaurant, Kites Bar & Lounge, By The Water, the newly launched Seasonal Tastes and Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen as well as the soon-to-be relaunch the new Hamabe Japanese Restaurant.
Impressed by the culinary team that he has inherited, Chef Manoj is looking forward to introducing a lot more creative and healthy offerings that complement Westin’s wellness concept. His personal food philosophy involves sourcing quality ingredients and using them with respect.
In his spare time, Chef Manoj is a family man who likes to read fiction novels and play the occasional round of golf. He is a consummate food lover at heart and takes pleasure in all Asian flavors. Chef Manoj has been quick off the mark to experience authentic Balinese food, his favorites so far being ayam betutu and the spicy pork sausage known asurutan.
“We are fortunate to have Chef Manoj on board. His wealth of culinary experience and personal take on healthy cuisine is just what we need to elevate our Food & Beverage services to the next level. Chef Manoj is already familiar with the Westin brand and he has proven himself to be a strong leader in the kitchen who is keen to share his skills and nurture local talent,” comments Mr. Bipan Kapur, Managing Director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.
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