Indonesian Champion of the Diageo World Class Competition
My vision and mission is to make bartenders in Bali more knowledgeable and creative, and to help build a better bar scene in Bali and Indonesia.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
It all started in 2004 when I graduated from vocational tourism school (SMK). I fell in love with the bartending module, and by 2006, I officially began working behind a bar. By 2010, I was working at W Bali – Seminyak, and I soon joined the Diageo World Class Competition. In 2011, I made it to the Top 10 bartenders in Indonesia, and by 2014, I became the Indonesian Champion. I then started working at Bikini Restaurant in Seminyak, and now, I’m in charge of Manina Speakeasy.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Becoming the winner of the Diageo World Class Competition in 2014!
What impact have you made in Bali?
My vision and mission is to make bartenders in Bali more knowledgeable and creative, and to help build a better bar scene in Bali and Indonesia. This includes using more local ingredients and sharing the techniques that emphasise their flavours. All of my cocktail recipes use only natural ingredients, and I use different kitchen techniques that I hope inspire young talented bartenders in Bali.
What does 2022 look like for you?
This year I see a bright light after a dark tunnel for the hospitality industry. The past two pandemic years have been a real struggle…
What do you love most about Bali?
Bali is a magical island – it’s why so many people easily fall in love with it! The culture, the people, the food, and nature. It’s all magic!
What’s your first and last drink of the day?
Water of course!