Country : Indonesia
Restaurant : LOCAVORE
Address : 10 Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Website : http://www.locavore.co.id
Ray Adriansyah was born in Jakarta to Sumatran parents. His mother was an excellent cook and Ray grew up with a deep interest in traditional and international cuisines. While studying in New Zealand, he decided to quit the business school he was attending and switch to cooking. After graduating from culinary school in Christchurch, he returned to Jakarta and obtained the position of sous-chef under Eelke. They've been working together ever since. “It was a gradual decision to use local ingredients. We started using a few at the beginning but our commitment continued to grow. I'm very proud to use ingredients that are not imported; I wish more Indonesian chefs would do so. There are so many benefits all around.”
Eelke Plasmeijer started his kitchen career at the age of 14 in a restaurant in his Dutch village. Working his way up through the ranks, he trained at hotel school and a two-Michelin star restaurant in Amsterdam. Visiting a mentor in Jakarta in 2008, he was persuaded to take over as head chef at a restaurant in the city. Ray applied as sous-chef, the two hit it off and soon moved to Bali, where they ended up running the kitchen at Alila Ubud together. “Working within the Alila concept of using local ingredients where possible, we decided to take it to the next level and use only local food. Then we started thinking about starting our own restaurant instead of staying within the hotel industry...” The rest is history. Both chefs are married to Indonesian women, and their sons were born a month apart.