It was a night filled with laughter, great food, charity and four amazing Master Chefs joined by The Westin Resort Nusa Dua.
It was a different kind of dinner party. First, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua managed to invite Master Chefs from Australia, Indonesia, and Italy to join forces with their local staff. They did not only cook for us, they went to the local market and search the best local ingredients they can work their magic on. Then, they prepare the food in front of the audience while explaining what the dishes are all about. This is some fine culinary theatre right here!
Former MasterChef Australia 2017 contestant Ben Bullock started the evening with an original vegetarian entrée; Bedugul Beetroot, Labneh, Toasted Walnut paired with Rawson’s Retreat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Australia. Ben is actually a lawyer and cooks as a creative outlet. He is currently passing through Bali on a Hunter motorbike as he films a travel documentary entitled From Perth to Perth. This is the first leg of a very personal journey that involves riding, tasting and cooking regional cuisine. During the evening. Ben used this platform by giving a brief presentation about his mission to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.
The second course was created by Chef Juna who is a respected restaurateur known for his stints on MasterChef Indonesia and Hell’s Kitchen Indonesia. For this one-off dinner, he served up a flavorful seafood dish of Red Snapper, Three Cheeses, Torched Vegetables, Saffron-Lemongrass Sauce paired with Rawson’s Retreat Chardonnay, Australia. This perfectly articulated dish simply reinforced Chef Juna’s signature style of culinary diversity that is eclectic yet fully committed to quality.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s very own Italian Chef de Cuisine, Alessandro Molini was responsible for the third dish of the evening. He chose to hero meat with his Cornish Hen Betutu Style Ballotine, Balinese Ground Provisions, Rempeyek Crumble paired with Rawson’s Retreat Merlot, Australia. This played to his strength of letting the natural flavors of some of the island’s best ingredients shine.
Ben Ungermann, the popular runner-up of MasterChef Australia 2017, ended the dinner on a high note by drawing inspiration from his Dutch/Indonesian heritage. He put a spicy twist on dessert with his Cardamom Coffee Ice Cream, Pumpkin Three Ways and Speculaas. During his recent stint on Australia’s favorite cooking competition, Ben consistently wowed judges with his innovative flavors and he is currently preparing to open his own ice cream parlor.
Generously sponsored by Maybank and Hunter Motorcycles Australia, this prestigious dining event included live entertainment and a lucky draw. There was also a spontaneous charity auction of a signed chefs jacket, which managed to raise USD 850. The proceeds of this initiative will be directed to Ben Bullock’s Perth to Perth charity as well as the resort’s own Corporate Social Responsibility program that supports Bali’s orphans at the Dana Punia school in Singaraja, north of Bali.