THE COOKING CLASS
Hujan Cooking Class portrays Hujan Locale‘s philosophy of introducing local produce to a wider audience. We have been developing our relationships with local farmers utilizing their produce in our restaurants over the past years. In honouring these relationships, we would like to invite you to be a part of a authentic Balinese life through a day trip that combines scouring a traditional market for fresh ingredients, easy cycling, traditional craft making, cooking class conducted by our renown chefs and a few more exciting activities.
Experience a day enjoying the rural charm of Tabanan, undiscovered Bali. You will see how Balinese implement their life values called “Tri Hita Karana” which is basically balancing every aspect in their environments, between humans and the nature, humans and humans, humans and the gods.
You will cycle through the regency’s rice terraces, mountains and rivers with fresh water flowing through the Subak system to water the paddy fields. You will also see picturesque villages with quiet roads and traditional houses during the trip.
Will Meyrick – A Street Food Chef
Not afraid to head into unchartered territory and learn on the fly as he goes, Will’s career has led him from London to Sydney and then extensively through South East Asia. After successful periods with two of Sydney’s leading restaurants, Will was wooed back to the continent by some interesting opportunities, that let to stints in Bali, Thailand and Hong Kong.
It was the small island of Bali in Indonesia that claimed Will’s heart and he chose to settle there. Fast-forward to 2013, and he’s a household name across the country and without a doubt, one of the most respected maestros of the South East Asian scene.
With seven successful restaurants under his belt – the S. Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Award winner Sarong, its younger sibling, the Miele Guide Asia’s Top 500 Restrautants Award winner Mama San, the E&O Jakarta in the nation’s capital, the second Mama San in Hong Kong, Hujan Locale in Ubud Bali and the new addition to the family. Not only that, the third Mama San has been born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the newest venture Tiger Palm is buzzing in The Seminyak Village, Bali – this is one chef that has also earned his restaurant stripes.
Add into the mix a debut cookbook, Sarong Inspirations, that is about to hit its third print run, and starred roles on national and international TV programs including the Indonesian series of the global Top Chef franchise and Back to the Streets of Asian Food Channel, as well as his own YouTube channel series. Will Meyrick is also the holder of World Gourmet Summit Excellence Awards’ Restaurateur of the Year 2016. What you have is something even more unique: a culinary talent that has shown himself to be a truly unique, multi-faceted and dynamic industry personality.
Will continues to explore the culinary landscape of Asia, taking inspiration from the food culture of each destination. You’ll find him at street stalls, in neighbourhood kitchens and backyards, at markets, getting off the beaten track to get to the heart of the dishes that move and shake him, tracking down the original recipes that are handed down through generations.
Find out more about him on his website WillMeyrick.com
Tim Bartholomew is very much at home in rural Bali having grown up on a biodynamic farm in the Riverina area of New South Wales, Australia.
His career started during High School when he found work in hotel kitchens and after high school he took an apprenticeship at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra incorporating a wide variety of catering from providing to Australia’s Government Ministers at Parliament House to creating meals for an airline. Tim’s culinary talents however have grown around a passion for food that stems from his interest in provenance and produce cultivated in tune with the seasons that can be brought to the table with consideration. Living in Bali he misses the winter season most of all and the occasions to cook slow European braises and roast meats, but is more than happy to be here in Bali with his young family.
He enjoys his days selecting from local markets, and working with local farmers to bring the best into the kitchen gives Tim the foundations from which to exhibit his creativity. He also loves that while he works hard on his day off he wakes up ‘in Bali’ and can head out to beaches, mountains or jungles as the mood takes him.
Slow, authentic and adventurous, combining grassroots sensibility with a twist of inspiration best describes the way Tim likes to cook. Taking a culinary journey with him allows Tim to share his vast knowledge and gain an insight into the motivation he has to create excellence in all aspects of his craft.
Puri Taman Sari
Balinese stories are full of surprise, mystery and magic, and the tale of the Puri Taman Sari is no exception. It’s beginnings are rooted in the intrigue of the Balinese Royal Family. On expulsion from the Royal Court of Mengwi, the King’s right hand man sought refuge in the village and worshipped in secret at the Pura Dalem Tungkub. With the protection of the temple and the Royal Family he established in the village a community of artists and crafts people. Greatly respected he continued to build up the village as a place of culture and art until his untimely death at the hands of jealous outsiders. This man was I gusti Ngurah Diler Pranawa, the great, great, grandfather of the current owner of Puri Taman Sari, I Gusti Agung Ngurah Kertiyasa, or known as Pak Gung Wah.
Pak Gung Wah’s father, I Gusti Agung Prana, a favoured guide of many foreign visitors, saw that his village, despite being built on traditional arts and crafts was failing to sustain its community, he saw too that the beautiful rice fields were in danger of being sold as income became a big issue. Rather than lose his village Pak Agung Prana implemented a plan that included the entire community. He bought back Puri Taman Sari and began to create a cultural centre using the traditional skills of the villagers and to build a small hospitality industry that ensured everyone in the village has access to an income generating occupation.
Today the village is known for its arts, a rural cultural centre of Balinese traditions that attracts visitors to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of homestay living and the charm of simple daily life. While this provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to appreciate and experience the beauty of Balinese society, this is not the ultimate goal for the Gungwah family. Their goal is to create opportunities for every generation of the village, assist them in sustainably developing their homes rather than abandon them, selling them off for a life in the city from which there would be no return.
Experience a day enjoying the rural charm of undiscovered Bali, cycle through emerald rice terraces and meet Balinese farmers for a chat.
PRICE: IDR 1,500,000 nett/person
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