(5/2/2009) Ayana Resort and Spa Bali won top honors at a prestigious national pastry competition, winning the Gold Medal in all four categories and qualifying for the next Asian Pastry Cup championship in Singapore next year.
Pastry Chef Made Sutisna joined forces with St Regis Bali Resort’s pastry sous chef Wayan Laspina in preparing a delectable array of desserts at the Asian Pastry Cup National Selection Competition held in Jakarta, April 15-18, 2009. A dessert prepared especially for the contest, Valrhona Equatorial Chocolate and Ginger-Blood Orange Mousse Cake with Peanut Croquant was determined by the panel of judges as the winner in ”The Best Chocolate Cake” category. Chef Made’s team earned the right to represent Bali after being selected by the Bali Culinary Professionals Association in local competition. Bali’s pastry chef also won Gold Medals for ”The Best Sugar Pastry Show Piece, The Best Chocolate Pastry Show Piece” and “”Best Overall Score.”
Following their win in Jakarta, the Bali team will now represent Indonesia at the Asian Pastry Cup in Singapore in April 2010, where pastry chefs from all over Asia will vie for the regional title and the chance to progress to the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France. The Singapore event will be the second time Chef Made has represented his country at this event, having won Gold at the 2007 Asian Pastry Cup National Selections.
Ayana’s new General Manager Charles de Foucault applauded Chef Made’s achievement, saying: “This is truly a fantastic achievement for Chef Made, whose desserts and sweet treats grace the tables of our guests every day. We look forward to supporting him – and doing some taste-testing ourselves along the way – as he works towards the regional and world championships!”
The Asian Pastry Cup National Selection was held as part of the 7th Indonesian Salon Culinaire 2009 in conjunction with the 10th International Food and Hotel Exhibition 2009, at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.