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Capella brings internationally acclaimed chef Nicola Russo to Ubud 

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Tue, 01/12/2021 - 08:12
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Chef Russo will oversee operations at Capella Ubud’s duo of flagship dining destinations, Api Jiwa and Mads Lange. Mads Lange is a split-level tented dining room showcasing dramatic rainforest and valley views and contemporary European cuisine.

SINGAPORE - Capella Ubud, Bali has appointed Mr. Nicola Russo as Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Russo will bring a wealth of experience working in internationally acclaimed Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Originally from Pisa, Italy, Nicola Russo’s culinary career is inspired by his love and respect for the art of cooking, fresh ingredients, and nature. After graduating from culinary institute Ipscat G. Matteotti, Nicola sought opportunities to further develop his own creativity. During his apprenticeship he worked for several Michelin Starred restaurants and luxury hotels. At the age of 33 he moved to Hong Kong for his first Chef de Cuisine role in fine dining restaurant Tosca and received One Michelin Star Rating in 2018 and 2019.

Chef Russo will oversee operations at Capella Ubud’s duo of flagship dining destinations, Api Jiwa and Mads Lange. Mads Lange is a split-level tented dining room showcasing dramatic rainforest and valley views and contemporary European cuisine. Api Jiwa is the camp’s signature dining experience, meaning ‘fire to the soul.’ The theatrical Asian barbecue concept was inspired by the ancient Japanese Robatayaki tradition. Nicola will also be casting a fresh culinary-trained eye over the in-tent dining offerings at Capella Ubud, as well as the residents-only Mortar and Pestle Bar and The Camp Fire.

Join Capella Ubud, Bali on an epicurean journey that transports you back in time. Begin with a cocktail at Mortar & Pestle, the bar adjacent to the jewel of the jungle “The Cistern” pool. All beverages on offer are locally inspired and handcrafted using traditional methods inclusive of a mortar and pestle and manual ice crusher. Continue to a private chef table at Api Jiwa, watch the magic happen around the chef’s counter for a course by course journey through unexpected bites and exciting tastes showcasing the best local produce from Bali. The experience concludes at the Campfire over freshly made hot chocolate and marshmallows under the stars. Enjoy a silent black and white movie showcasing life in Bali back in ancient times.

Named “Best Hotel in the World” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2020, Capella Ubud, Bali is a luxury tented camp is set in the heart of verdant rainforest, bringing the rich heritage of Bali to life in a truly remarkable natural setting. Inspired by the first Europeans to settle in Bali in the 1800’s, celebrated architect and designer, Bill Bensley, has created the stunning rainforest camp as a tribute to their spirit of adventure, while preserving the local flora and fauna through the conscious idea of ‘minimal intervention,’ meaning that all trees and local plants were left untouched and protected throughout the build process. This one-of-a-kind hidden sanctuary offers an authentic insight into the way of life in Bali, combined with
today’s modern conveniences and technology.

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Theodore Koumelis

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