Explore | Flavours 93 For the international Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, literature and gastronomy go hand in hand. This year is no exception, with another fourday food programme being dished up, from October 2 to 5, showcasing Indonesia’s celebrated chefs and food personalities. The action this year happens in The Kitchen – the festival’s culinary theatre – located at Toko-Toko, just across the road from Indus restaurant. With such a seductive feast planned, our taste buds are guaranteed to be tantalised, and I for one can’t wait to see so many master chefs under one roof. Heading the line-up is former journalist Bondan Winarno, who is perhaps Indonesia’s answer to Anthony Bourdain, without the cowboy boots and bad-boy bravado. Fondly known as Pak Mak Nyuss, Winarno has travelled to just about every corner of the archipelago, filming and feasting on street food, collecting recipes, and talking to grandmas and village cooks. There are few who know Indonesian cuisine so well. Winarno presents a session in The Kitchen, the festival’s cooking school, talking about Minang food from West Sumatra, certainly one of my favourite cuisines (along with just about every Indonesian I know). Winarno will focus on a well-known Minang dish known as sampadeh or pangkek tuna, braised tuna, and generous samples will be provided throughout his session. “This nation is truly blessed with an enormous collection of traditional dishes,” says Winarno. “One nation, millions of flavours. Not only is our traditional cuisine provincial, each one also displays a unique terroir (local character). Indonesian cuisine belongs in the category of dangerously delicious food.” Winarno’s new cookbook, 100 Mak Nyus: Best Street Food of Indonesia, is a national bestseller and includes treasured recipes from his extensive travels. The English version will be launched at the festival. my all-time favourite curry. Marco Padang is breathing new life into Indonesia’s beloved Padang food, and his new interpretations of old classics have taken Jakarta by storm. He will unveil the secrets of this national treasure in the Festival Kitchen. Award-winning chef Chris Salans, from Mozaic, will present a food demonstration, displaying the extraordinary culinary skills that have elevated him to rock-star (or is that wok-star?) status in Bali. Chris single-handedly put Ubud on the international fine-dining map and is known far and wide for his elegant fusion cuisine: Balinese meets West and the rest. His demo will focus on pink torch ginger, presenting two glorious dishes – sesamecrusted tuna and ginger-flower sorbet. Winarno will also appear in the main programme in a session called ‘A Taste of the Archipelago’, and he is guaranteed to charm the audience with his extensive stories of the fabled Spice Islands, mixed with a lavish dose of Indonesian food facts. New kid on the block Eelke Plasmeijer, of Locavore fame, will discuss his ecofriendly food philosophy of utilising the finest locally grown produce with love and wisdom, demonstrating how to make some gourmet pieces with minimal fuss and maximum flavour. Jakarta-based chef Marco Padang, from Marco Padang Grill, will lift the lid on rendang, on e of Indonesia’s iconic dishes and Those with a sweet tooth should not miss well-known pastry chef Will Goldfarb, who will whip up some literary inspiration Award-winning chef Chris Salans, from Mozaic, will present a food demonstration, displaying the extraordinary culinary skills that have elevated him to rock-star (or is that wok-star?) status in Bali.