I grew up on Java, Indonesia’s principal island, where food is a hugely important part of life. When I was 26 I moved to Italy, to discover a culture that, while being very different, also revolved around the joys of good, healthy food. It was in Italy that I really started cooking seriously – encouraged by the comments of the friends I made there, who, typical Italians, would never fail to discuss at length the qualities of the food they were eating.
When I moved to England in 1988 it was perhaps unsurprising that I began to combine what I considered to be the best of the cooking that I learned from my mother with what I had discovered in Italy.
Now I cook for a living and experiment regularly with new ideas – but my food is still strongly influenced by my two great culinary loves: Italy and Indonesia. You could call it “fusion food”; or maybe “MediterrAsian food”.