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Indonesian Culinary Competition 2013: Love Starts from the stomach

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague in collaboration with the Indonesian Chef Association in the Netherlands, Indokok and Indonediair has organized a " Indonesian Culinary Competition 2013 " on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Keizer Culinair Studio , Den Haag .  The competition which the theme is " Gezond & Authentieke Indonesische Culinaire " ( Indonesian Culinary: Healthy and Authentic ) is organised to strengthen culinary diplomacy that has been conducted by the Indonesian Embassy along with other stakeholders in the Netherlands. The competition is also to promote Indonesian culinary within Dutch societies. 


The competition was officially opened by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno L.P. Marsudi. During her opening remarks, the Ambassador explained the role of culinary in promoting stronger cooperation between two nations as well as promoting people to people contact, as proverb saying " Love starts from the stomach". Indonesian culinary has been widely known within the Dutch community. Nevertheless, it is of importance to bring understanding to the Dutch society of the “authentic taste " of the Indonesian food  as well as its healthy food processing . Further, the Ambassador hoped this competition can increase business, trade and economic relations, especially increasing Indonesian export of herbs, spices, food ingredients and its products to the Netherlands. 


8 teams were competing during the competition which is organised into  2 ( two ) rounds of competition. Each team should presented authentic Indonesian food with their own creations in term of taste and flavour as well as ingredients being used. The unique rule of this competition was that each team has to use at least 5 ( five ) specific native Indonesian herbs and spices for the main food’s ingredient .


During this completion, the Embassy also organised other activities, including a cooking demo by chef Agus Hermawan ( Restaurant Blauw ) and fruit carving workshop by chef Didi Han.


The first winner of the culinary competition is chef Istiana whom presented a Surabaya-style of plecing kangkung (spicy water spinach salad), while the second winner is chef Maura Latumerisa with her pepeda (special food from Eastern part or Indonesia). Both of them are awarded with trophy and winning certificate from the Embassy as well as a prize.


Jakarta, 25 October 2013


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