Beginning cooking at the age of live, it’s been a long journey towards here he is today. Chef
Ragil’s dream was always to become a chef, and his passion began in the kitchen with his mother when he was just a kid. Today, he’s one of Indonesia’s most acknowledged chefs and has several awards and nominations behind him.
Chef Ragil is especially known for preserving Indonesian culinary heritage through his cooking.
He’s focusing on using local ingredients and authentic recipes, despite the fact that his restaurant, Nusa Gastronomy in Jakarta, is known as one of Indonesia’s best restaurants. But maybe that’s why? By combining traditional cooking methods with modern presentations, Chef Ragil showcases the best of what the Indonesian kitchen has to offer.
Reflecting the diversity of Indonesia
Nusa Gastronomy (short for Nusantara), means The Archipelago, as Indonesia consists of more
than 17,000 islands in total. The country reflects its diversity through resources, cultures and gastronomy, and Chef Ragil wishes to represent a small piece of each Indonesian region through his food.
Nusa Gastronomy opened in August 2016, and was already listed as one of <b>‘THE BEST OF 2016’ by Travel And Leisure Asia later that year. In 2018, the restaurant was nominated at the second round of top nominees for Asian Cuisine Restaurant of the Year (Regional) - World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence 2018. In the same year Nusa Indonesian Gastronomy was awarded as THE BEST FINE DINING – Jakarta’s Best Eats by Foodies Magazine x AQUA Reflection.
Appreciating the roots of the Indonesian Culture
Chef Ragil wishes to showcase Indonesian indigenous ingredients, to support local farmers all
around Indonesia, and to celebrate the rich flavours of the spices Indonesia has to offer. The purpose of creating Nusa Gastronomy is to have food lovers enjoy not only the complex taste of Indonesian gastronomy, but to also appreciate the roots of Indonesian culture.
The mission of Nusa Gastronomy is to USE the best Indonesian harvests; to CULTIVATE them by using authentic cooking processes; and to DISPLAY them in an artful and original way. All of this has to be done without losing the real taste and genuine characteristics of the ingredients:
“It is not solely about combining classical heritage with modern elements, but at the same time it also respects Indonesian culture through the creation of contemporary pieces. ” - Chef Ragil
Chef of the Year, 2018
It’s not only the team behind Slow Food & Yoga Festival, who’s mindblown by Chef Ragil’s
amazing talents and wonderful food. In 2018 Chef Ragil was crowned as CHEF OF THE YEAR 2018 – Jakarta’s Best Eats by Foodies Magazine x AQUA Reflection. And In the same year of 2018 also awarded as Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year (Regional) – World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence 2018.
And now, in 2019, we have the honour of welcoming Chef Ragil on Gili Air, as he’s joining Slow
Food & Yoga Festival in June, 2019. Among other things, Chef Ragil will be a judge in the Gili Masterchef Competition and will host the event ‘Tempe Making’, where guests can learn how to cook the tasteful and delicious Indonesian Tempe. We are proud to have such a huge star visiting such a tiny island, and we hope our guests will appreciate the company of Chef Ragil as much as we will.
Slow Food & Yoga Festival is a collaboration between local and foreign stakeholders, which will
take place on Gili Air, June 20-24. The Festival will afford attendees the opportunity to step into a magical space outside of the frantic operations of normal life and lower collective rhythms down to a Zen hum! Yoga by acclaimed facilitators and cuisine from famous Indonesian chefs, among others Chef Ragil, will be offered at various locations around the island. Top chefs and film-makers from the region will headline events, stallholders will showcase regional specialties, and visitors can participate in food foraging tours and cooking classes.
Slow Food & Yoga Festival is a charity festival supporting Soraya Foundation. All donations will go fowards educational initiatives and a zero-waste Gili Air. You can purchase tickets on our webpage here.