The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa welcomed press and members of the club Marriott Rewards Program to Ginja Taste on Friday the 4th of March to launch the latest instalment in their 2016 Culinary Journey. The star of the show was celebrity chef Degan Septoadji, former head judge on MasterChef Indonesia.
Artfully created Indonesian classics were presented in the JW Marriott’s signature Thai restaurant, Ginja Taste, where the delectable sharing menu was paired with wines from one of Asia Pacific’s hottest up and coming wineries, Stonefish Wines.
Chef Degan proudly offered his signature set menu, a delectable mix of dishes prepared from the heart and presented with a distinguished level of craftsmanship. Some highlights include; ‘Aneka Hidangan Pembuka’ (a traditional mix of Indonesian appetizers), ‘Bebek Bambu Bali’ (Balinese spiced duck), ‘Ikan Panggang Kemangi’ (oven-baked fish, chili and lemongrass spice-paste and lemon basil) and an Indonesian black sticky rice pudding perfectly complimented by a coconut and lime sherbet.
The distinguished chef grew up in Germany and received his culinary training there, initially focusing on the art of French and other European cuisines. It was after his training that he felt the urge to go back to his home country and learn the cuisine that ran through his veins. In an interview with Chef Degan by the JW Marriott Phuket, he explained that “My mother used to cook it [Indonesian cuisine] at home and my grandmother was a very good cook… when I went back I remembered the dishes that were cooked by the family”, adding that he learnt how to balance the spice and replicate the traditional Indonesian flavours. Chef Degan knew after cooking his Indonesian food for customers all over the world that “whenever [he] did a promotion, that people actually like the original taste of Indonesia, not an adjusted flavor”. Not only was it about the food itself, but for Chef Degan it was just as much part of discovering his culture through cooking and keeping his heritage.
View our short interview with Chef Degan here
His delight for Indonesian food has brought him to cook and present his food at some of the world’s best venues including the 3-Michelin star Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube in Hotel Traube Tonbach, Germany regularly since 2014. Degan was nominated as ‘Best Asian Chef’ at the 2012 World Gourmet Summit in Singapore.
The culinary Journey is the main focal point of the JW Marriott Phuket’s event line up for this year, with an exciting mix of visiting Chefs from some of Asia’s most prestigious venues.
Don’t miss chance to have an exclusive Indonesian Cuisine experience, with only three days left as well as the Indonesian cooking class.