Introducing Chefs and Sommeliers in Bali, Restaurant Managers, and talented key players from the hospitality industry, Bali Hotshotz offers an up-close insight into these unique personas behind some of the most famous venues on the island, sharing their thoughts, innovations, and creations. Be inspired by their unique approach.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua has recently welcomed Chef Salvatore Catania to lead the Prego Italian Restaurant. His authentic casual Italian cuisine is sure to be a hit with guests! Chef Salvatore nurtured his passion for cooking from an early age through his family's traditional cuisine. Early in his career, he traveled to the Southern part of Italy in order to learn more about his heritage and to discover new techniques and recipes. The young prodigy is now focusing on showcasing inspiring Italian cuisine in Bali.
Chef Nic Vanderbeeken leads the team at Viceroy Bali’s Apéritif Restaurant & Bar, an elegant fine dining restaurant serving Contemporary Global Cuisine in the lush valleys of Ubud. His progressive and eclectic cooking style lends itself to the restaurant’s cuisine. It melds the best of modern European techniques and cuisine with various ingredients and touches from the Old Spice islands to create dishes that appeal to the modern global diner.
Ni Nyoman Kertawidyawati (Widya) works at PT Hatten Bali as a corporate training and development manager. Widya also builds and leads the Hatten Education Center (HEC) here in Bali. Widya is the first WSET educator in Indonesia, having a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines as well as holding a certified hospitality trainer (CHT) from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Karlie Cummins is the founder of Bali Buddies, a family business that started after they fell in love with the Island 20 years ago, and has been lucky enough to enjoy traveling here regularly ever since. In 2012 Bali Buddies was established out of a deep passion to focus professionally on ensuring that others could also experience the power of the “Island of Gods.”
Australian Chef Nicholas Philip has a wealth of experience gained at luxury resorts in the Asia-Pacific region, helming kitchens in Thailand, Singapore and Bali along with extensive training in leading European restaurants such as Michelin-starred The Clove Club and Ottolenghi’s NOPI in London and acclaimed Restaurant Taller in Copenhagen. He was listed in Singapore’s The Peak Magazine list of Hot Young Chefs of 2017 and was also featured in the Bali Bible’s Top 10 Chefs of Bali.