Chef Nonky Gives Helping Hand

Monday January 1, 2018

She may be petite in stature but Indonesian born, United Kingdom domiciled and currently Shangri- La Sri Lanka based executive chef Nonky Tejapermana packs a punch way above her weight in the world of culinary arts that has seen her slave over hot stoves in places as far apart from each other, Sydney to London and Dubai to Miami. Along the way she has been acclaimed by Conde Nast Traveler - wherein Hollywood star, Kate Winslet, offered Nonky a ringing endorsement as well as another one in the Sydney Morning Herald. Her over two decade career has seen her start with the Shangri-La and Four Seasons hotels in her hometown of Jakarta, she then moved on to the Burj Al Arab and proceeded to sharpen her skills in London, first at the Mandarin Oriental and later at famed Hilton in Park Lane. While operating in London it meant having the unique privilege to cook for the Queen of England, the Queen of Pop Madonna, Tony Blair, Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith, among but a few names to drop. Along the way having also served stints with Qatar Airways and P&O luxury cruises. Which brings us neatly to Nonky and the Philippines. Just recently she has decided to dip the gentlest of toes in the local culinary backwaters training them and also provide for their employment. This is why instead of Manila we chose Bulacan where there is more of a need for employment. My hope is that profits from the restaurant will eventually help to build classrooms or a small hospital in the area.” “The menu at Bistro G is nothing complicated considering it’s just a starting point in the food business for many of the staff, some kind of Bistro but with fine dining...... Read more on Full Issue!

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