LIFE BEHIND THE STOVE
Culinary trends – where do you see it going?
Convenience food will more and more take over. Ready meals of high quality will be available globally through supermarket chains.
In your opinion, what three cuisines will dominate globally?
Asian, Continental European based, and free style cooking.
What changes do you foresee in the next 10 years for your position as an executive chef?
We will venture into the processing of food, which is currently under construction (Poultry and vegetable production) Once established we will venture into high quality Balinese fast food outlets. Producing several more books.
Who makes better chefs: women or men?
No difference. What makes a great Chef is his attitude.
Owners get more and more involved operations, do you think they should stay in the kitchen or get out of it?
This is a personal choice. Important on the end is the question wheater the owner runs a profitable operations. Entrepreneurs are known for running things often different.
Do you think brand (so-called Star Chef affiliation) are beneficial to hotels?
As long as the chefs make money and the costumer is happy with the product and patronizes the outlet then it becomes a win win concept where everybody is happy.
In a world of globalization, do you think it has a positive effect or that of being over managed and over controlled?
Progress and change are normal and took place since mankind exists. No progress without change. Only stubborn old-fashioned people will not accept this fact and with it will drown in the stream. Just think about the incredible great technology which is available to anyone today.
If you could change 5 things in the way we operate, what would it be?
The biggest threat to our industry are negative thinking people. Shoot them all. If every person only once a day would do a good thing to someone else, then the whole planet would look very different.
What was your greatest experience in the kitchen?
When ever a guest comes and thanks you for a great dining experience.
What was your worst nightmare in terms of your career?
The word NO, impossible
If you could start all over again, what would be the top three jobs you would like to have?
Cook, Cook, Cook and nothing else.