Award-winning pastry chef and owner of Room4Dessert
Accolades and awards are nice for the mantle, but nothing is more important than feeding people.
Pastry Chef Will Goldfarb is a man of many names. During his star-studded career back in New York, he was the Empire State’s “Golden Boy” of desserts – the “Prince of Pastry” and the “Sultan of Sweets”. To us here in Bali, he’s the brilliant brains behind Ubud’s iconic and award-winning dessert degustation restaurant, Room4Dessert. After years of dishing up his technologically-advanced desserts, in 2021, he was named The World’s Best Pastry Chef. We think this name is going to stick.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
I have been very lucky to continue to operate Room4Dessert here in Ubud. It’s been an amazing adventure with ups and downs from New York to Bali, but we are lucky to be entering our 10th year here with the most amazing team of people. I’m just grateful to have the chance to keep doing what I love.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Keeping our little restaurant open during the pandemic, while continuing to serve others through meals is my most proud accomplishment. Accolades and awards are nice for the mantle, but nothing is more important than feeding people.
What impact have you made in Bali?
I think that we have shown that doing the right thing is a powerful thing. Our sustainability journey is a road map for small businesses around the world. But our most important contribution is developing young leaders in hospitality by providing access to the amazing natural talent of Indonesia.
What does the future look like for you?
We want to plant trees and feed people. On the project side, watch this space for magical new developments in the Powder Verse… And next up, we’ll find a creative way to invite you to sleep with us. Super excited for even more opportunities to connect in a meaningful way with our community!
What do you love most about Bali?
Without doubt, the people.
What's the best meal you've ever eaten, and why?
There have been so many… But Bistro de la Marine Jacques Maximin in 2012 came to mind. Unforgettable chef, perfect preparation, simple, sunny and profound.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
Karlina Theresia Wibisono. She runs the show with style!