Top Chefs of Five-Star Hotels Battle to Produce the Best Cuisine

Jakarta, Indonesia (02 September 2019) – Head chefs at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay in Thailand and Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta will go head-to-head in a cooking battle to showcase their culinary expertise and delight visiting guests and locals with special Thai and Indonesian dishes.

The chef battle begins on September 12 at the Riva Grill Bar & Terrace, the award-winning onsite restaurant at Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta. Thailand’s Chef Jaturon “Eddy” Homkaew and Indonesian Chef Deden Gumilar will prepare a six-course meal and pre-dinner drinks for guests.

Attending guests will play a vital role during the competition as they will determine who will reign supreme in the chef battle by casting their votes.

Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta General Manager Paolo Randone said the event is a major opportunity to promote comradeship in the hospitality industry and celebrate Asian cuisine.

“It is a privilege to be part of this event which brings top international chefs together in the name of promoting and celebrating traditional cuisines and new creative fusions across Indonesia,” said Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay General Manager Dominic Egger.

“We are excited to send some of our resident head chefs to take part in a showpiece battle with chefs in Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta, then to Wyndham properties in the major cities of Palembang and Surabaya. At all three properties, our chefs will create a delectable menu to introduce unique spices and provide an authentic Thai food experience to hotel guests and locals.”

A special buffet lunch and dinner at Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta will also take place daily in the week of the chef battle, starting on September 9.

Dubbed as Thai Spicy Week, Chef Eddy and Chef Orathai “Toi” Sukthongngam will treat guests to a week-long gastronomical journey through some of the spiciest Thai dishes. Guests attending the Thai Spicy Week event, at any day from September 9 to 14, will have a chance to win a free night stay at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay.

To further promote authentic Thai cuisine across Indonesia, Chefs Eddy and Toi will visit key cities Palembang and Surabaya and showcase a selection of the most sumptuous dishes. From September 17 to 22, the chefs will stay at Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang and prepare a buffet dinner. The last leg of their Indonesian visit will be at Wyndham Surabaya City Centre, from September 25 to 30.

Guests attending the lunch or dinner buffet at Wyndham Opi Palembang and Wyndham Surabaya will also have a chance to win a free night stay at Wyndham Grand Kalim Bay or at the respective properties.

Chef Eddy and Chef Toi have combined experience of more than 30 years preparing and cooking authentic Thai foods. Both enjoy choosing and using the freshest ingredients possible and have a high standard of technical skill at carving fruit and vegetables. Chef Deden Gumilar is the culinary director at Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta who led his team to win 10 awards at the recently concluded 12th Salon Culinaire – the largest competition for chefs in Indonesia.

Reservations and pre-payments at all events are essential.

For the Thai Spicy Week (IDR 325,000++ per person), chef battle (IDR 666,000++ per person) or reservations at Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta, contact: 

For the dinner buffet (IDR 195,000 nett per person) or reservations at Wyndham Opi Palembang, contact:

For the lunch buffet (IDR 175,000 nett per person) or reservations at Wyndham Surabaya, contact:

Wyndham Grand Kalim Bay, Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta, Wyndham Opi Palembang and Wyndham Surabaya are four of the 69 properties managed by Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific and its subsidiaries.

Wyndham’s hotels and resorts in Indonesia and Thailand participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the world’s most generous rewards program with more than 30,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals worldwide. Designed for the everyday traveller, the program’s more than 75 million members earn a guaranteed 1,000 points with every qualified stay and may redeem points for a wide-range of rewards, including free nights, gift cards, merchandise and more.

[ Press Release ]