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Meet Ravinder Dalal, who joins AYANA as Chef de Cuisine (Indian cuisine) at Padi restaurant, where he will work alongside the resort’s Indonesian and Thai chefs to present a pan-Asian culinary journey. Here, he shares his favorite dishes from his homeland, his first impressions of Bali, and why he admires Gordon Ramsay.
What made you interested to join AYANA?
Chef: I was interested to join AYANA because AYANA is a very good property, with a good hotel reputation and in terms of branding, the most famous hotel in Bali.
What is your passion working as an Indian Chef?
Chef: I really love to cook all kinds of Indian cuisine. Delhi is known for its distinctive food from the times of the Mughal era and people love to cook with various styles. Food from that time was rich and flavorful and sparked my interest and curiosity about the culture and customs of Indian gastronomy.
Which dish do you most like to cook?
Chef: Mouth-watering Kebabs with authentic aromatic flavors.
Which dish do you recommend guests try?
Chef: All! Because all of my Indian dishes are very special and have different flavors that complement the other. They are very nice to enjoy ‘banquet-style’ with your family or a group of friends. Some of my personal favorites are Dal Makhni (Black lentil stew with a blend of mild spices, tomato puree, cream and butter), Murgh dum Bryiani (Long grain basmati rice and chicken cocked with aromatic rice, served with raita), Arwaini Jhinga (Roasted shrimps with mustard seeds, yogurt, and agwain spice), Tandoori Murgh (Marinated tandoori chicken) and Roghan Josh (Lamb curry stew with Kashmiri spices).
I notice that you have won awards at many competitions including one in which you had to cook dishes that used mango as their main ingredient. Can you tell us a bit about this?
Chef: This competition was organized by Delhi Tourism and lasted three days. There were more than 100 participants from various hotels and restaurants, including 10 from the Hotel Park Royal Intercontinental where I was working at that time. On the first day, we had to cook an appetizer, on the second day a main course and on the third day a dessert. I was responsible for the appetizer and I created a Mango Chicken Fantasy and won the Bronze medal, as voted by the panel of seven judges. I was very honored and satisfied with this achievement as I entered the competition really just for fun.
What is your favorite thing about Bali?
Chef: Bali is a beautiful place. Balinese people are very polite and friendly. I also love the beaches here, I usually like to swim at the beach in my time off.
Do you have anybody you look up to or are inspired by in the cooking-world?
Chef: Yes, Gordon Ramsay for his passion, speedy work, creativity and excellent results.
Another one is Corporate Indian Chef, Anil Khurana.
What do you like to do in your time off?
Chef: Swimming, shopping (I usually look for clothes and shoes of good quality, when I see these two items at the mall I forget everything else!), watching movies and listening to music.
My name is Gede Bear and I am a repeat guest at AYANA. I first checked-in last December and have come back this year with my new girlfriend Ayu to join an exciting festive program. It sparks to life with the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony tonight, and then I will be star attraction at the Teddy Bear Tea. (There will also be a big man in a red suit to hear the children’s wish lists, but I know Ayu will only have eyes for me.) We will not miss Breakfast with Santa at the Children’s Pool, jazz at Rock Bar, afternoon tea at Damar Terrace, the 12 Days to Christmas spa offers, Justin Quek’s guest appearance at Dava and the festive menus from our team of acclaimed chefs. Finally, what better way to welcome 2012 than with a New Year’s Eve performance by Mike’s Apartment, before hibernating in my villa to rest a little. An inside tip: like AYANA on Facebook for your chance to win exclusive giveaways.
Meet Saipul Herwin, an AYANA Superstar recognized as a key member of our team for his caring, sincere and passionate dedication to providing Villa guests with a level of service that does not just meet expectations, but makes them wonder how they ever put up with anything less. Congratulations Saipul, you make us all proud.
Q: What is your role at AYANA?
Head Butler – providing excellent service for our Villa guests to ensure maximum satisfaction.
Q: How long have you been with the hotel?
Q: How would you define great service?
I don’t provide good service or great service, but excellent service, which is defined by WOWing and thinking outside the box when it’s least expected by the guest. It’s not just anticipating guests’ needs, it’s anticipating the things they haven’t even imagined.
Q: You are an AYANA Superstar because our guests tell us that you always go the extra mile to ensure a memorable stay for them. Can you share an example of a time when you were able to help a guest or wow them with a surprise?
There are many occasions, I really love to find little ways to make people happy. If I think of the most recent one, a guest went to Nusa Dua to play golf early in the morning and they told me that they wanted to come back to the hotel by noon time. When they arrived at the hotel, I set up Pocari Sweat and fresh-cut fruits in their Villa with a little note. The guest was surprised and touched by the unexpected and thoughtful gesture. It was just a little thing but it made a big impact on their experience at AYANA.
Q: What would you recommend every AYANA guest experience?
It depends on the guest as different nationalities are attracted to different experiences. But if I were bringing my wife to AYANA, I would make sure we didn’t miss the Diamond Miracle treatment at Spa on The Rocks, sunset at Rock Bar, and ‘Pesta Lobster’ Dinner on the Pier.
Q: Do you have anybody you look up to or are inspired by?
My leader, Clive Edwards, for his energy
My colleague, Marian Hinchliffe, for her intelligence
My mom – as a single parent with 3 children, she has a really strong willpower to survive and provide me with the best.
Q: What do you like to do in your time off?
Surfing around Kuta and exploring Bali by visiting more remote areas like Nusa Penida and other neighboring islands.