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Spice Up the World – Ubud Food Festival 2019 Presented by ABC, 26–28 April, 2019

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Ubud Food Festival 2019 Presented by ABC is three days of cross-cultural culinary discovery with Indonesian food as the star. Indonesia’s leading food event, the festival is a celebration of the archipelago’s diverse cuisines, extraordinary local produce and rich culinary heritage. Indonesia’s most outstanding chefs, producers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, food photographers, storytellers, scientists and activists will converge in Bali for the fifth Ubud Food Festival from 26–28 April.

“For our fifth year we chose the theme Spice Up the World to show food lovers across the globe that it’s time they added some Indonesian dishes to their list of favourites, and through this, learn something about Indonesia,” explains UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. “Food is, after all, the easiest way to access a culture.”

UFF is renowned for bringing together local food heroes to collaborate with chefs from across the world, ensuring Bali and Indonesia shine among the world’s top dining destinations. The first speaker line-up for UFF19 is now live, with the remaining line-up of speakers and ticketed events live on 25 February, 2019.

“We’re thrilled to announce the first round of speakers joining us for our fifth year,” says DeNeefe. “The culinary collaborations between international and Indonesian chefs at Ubud’s top restaurants and resorts will strengthen cross-cultural exchanges and professional opportunities. Bali is now a global dining destination and we’ll be tasting the best of the island at UFF19. Things are about to get very, very spicy!”

Images for UFF can be located here.

Judy Joo – Jinjuu, London
Korean American Judy Joo is Chef Patron of modern Korean restaurant Jinjuu in London and Hong Kong, and hosts her own show Korean Food Made Simple.

Thitid Tassanakajohn (Chef Ton) – Le Du, Bangkok
Chef Ton worked at Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, and Jean Georges in New York. Returning to Thailand with a vision to elevate Thai cuisine, he now runs the kitchens at Le Du (one Michelin star; #14 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018) and Baan.

Jordy Navarra – Toyo Eatery, Manila

Jordy Navarra worked in kitchens worldwide, but soon realized he had no relationship with the food he worked with. He returned to Manila to create food that resonated with the flavours he grew up with. Toyo presents familiar Filipino flavours and received the Miele One to Watch Award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018.

Rinrin Marinka – Asian Food Channel
One of the judges of MasterChef Indonesia, Marinka is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate of French Cuisine and Pastry in Sydney. Her mission is to bring Indonesian food, culture and arts to the world. Marinka can now be seen on Asian Food Channel, promoting Indonesian cuisine.

Wayan Kresna Yasa – KAUM, Bali
From Nusa Penida, Bali, Wayan Kresna Yasa is the Potato Head Beach Club and KAUM Global Executive Chef, where he plays an instrumental part in putting Indonesian cuisine on the map. Chef Wayan was named FoodieS Magazine‘s Chef of the Year 2018.

Yannis Janssens – L‘Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Bangkok

Hailing from Belgium, award-winning Executive Pastry Chef for the Robuchon Bangkok Group, Yannis Janssens is a culinary innovator renowned for his quality-driven, distinctive approach to creating desserts.

Darren Teoh – Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur

At Dewakan, Darren Teoh creates modern Malaysian cuisine. His dishes are a reverential deep dive into the nuances of Malaysian cuisine and cultures.

Ben Ungermann – Ungermann Brothers, Ipswich, QLD

Born to a Dutch mother and Dutch-Indonesian father, Ben was 2017 Masterchef Australia finalist. He now runs the successful ice cream parlour Ungermann Brothers in Ipswich, and is opening his first private dining experience in Canggu, Bali.

Debbie Teoh – Penang
Chef Debbie Teoh is a true Nyonya and learnt the rudiments of Peranakan cooking from her family; both Southern Nyonya and Northern Nyonya cooking. Debbie has published seven cookbooks; the most recent is Debbie Teoh’s Favorite Recipes.

Ragil Imam Wibowo – NUSA Gastronomy
With 20 years experience, ten restaurants and a few TV shows, Ragil Imam Wibowo travels across Indonesia in search of rare ingredients and forgotten recipes, transforming them into modern masterpieces. He was voted Chef of the Year at Jakarta’s Best Eats 2018.

Jimmy Lim Tyan Yaw – jlstudio, Taipei

Chef Jimmy serves modern Singaporean cuisine, sharing both the wide spectrum of Singaporean and Southeastern Asian flavors and the extraordinary produce Taiwan offers.

Luca Fantin – Il Ristorante Luca Fantin, Tokyo

Born in Treviso, Italy, Chef Luca Fantin’s cuisine is creative, contemporary and deeply embedded in the cycle of Japan’s seasons. In 2014, the Italian culinary guide Identità Golose anointed Fantin as the Best Italian Chef in the World.

Carlos Montobbio – Esquina, Singapore

Barcelona-born Chef Carlos Montobbio leads the Esquina kitchen in Singapore with his artfully crafted contemporary interpretations of Spanish flavours. Esquina is now a leading restaurant for Spanish and Catalan flavours inspired by Chef Carlos’ heritage and personal culinary memories

Penelope Williams – Bali Asli
Penelope Williams moved to Bali in 2007 to become Executive Chef of Alila Hotels. In 2012 she opened Bali Asli Restaurant and Cooking School, which looks out over golden rice fields and up to Mount Agung in Gelumpang village, Northeast Bali. Specializing in traditional Eastern Balinese cuisine, Bali Asli offers unique culinary adventures.

A not-for-profit initiative, the Ubud Food Festival is underpinned by a mission to support Indonesia’s vibrant and sustainable culinary and tourism industries. The three-day program spans a range of ticketed and free events, from cooking demonstrations, special events, masterclasses and food tours, to markets, film screenings, live music and in-depth discussions. Visit for all the information on programming, ticketing, scheduling, location, FAQs and more.

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