Born and raised in North Bali and praised internationally, a chef who has prepared meals on land, sea and air and won one of the culinary world’s most prestigious honors, Wayan Wicaya has been named Executive Chef at the Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua. He comes to the up-market tourism enclave with more than two decades in Bali’s finest kitchens and aboard America’s premier family cruise line as well as one of Indonesia’s finest in-flight catering services, before winning the Global Chefs Challenge, a competition between chefs from 88 countries, sponsored by the World Association of Chefs.
“Chef Wayan is quite literally a ‘winner,’” said Courtyard by Marriott General Manager, Jeffrey Tyler. “Here’s a fellow who not only brings Balinese grace to the role but also real international cooking accolades. We are absolutely fortunate to have a chef of this calibre heading our kitchens.” Before accepting the role, Chef Wayan worked with fellow chef, Andrew Skinner at Bvlgari Bali, a 59-villa resort located in the Bukit Peninsula. Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts is developed in partnership with jeweler and luxury goods designer Bvlgari Spa and currently features two properties located in Milan and Bali with demanding food and service standards.
“To win the Global Chef Challenge is amazing and a confirmation of how far Indonesia has come in developing local chefs to international standards," said Darren Lauder, the Vice-President of Bali Culinary Professionals, at the time of the chef’s victory in January 2010. Six months later he was named “Chef of the Year” by The Yak, Bali’s acclaimed, trend-setting magazine showcasing the colorful personalities behind Bali’s design, fashion and culinary industries. “Here’s a guy who deserves every morsel of recognition,” said Editor Nigel Simmonds. A master of multiple cuisines, Chef Wayan rode a wave of popularity taking on the position as Sous Chef at Ku De Ta, lauded as the island’s most successful independent restaurants located beachside in the fashionable district of Seminyak and Chef de Partie at the luxury boutique The Balé resort.