FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections Launch Bali’s Best Eats Award and Guide 2018
Bali, 19 September 2018 – After the resounding success of Jakarta’s Best Eats Award and Guide 2018, the first objective restaurant awards in Indonesia, FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections proudly present Bali’s Best Eats Award 2018.
Indonesia’s First Objective Restaurant Awards
Inspired by the rise of local food-driven culture, Jakarta’s Best Eats was launched in December 2017 with purpose to scrutinize and recognize outstanding dining establishments amidst the rigorous competition in the capital’s ever-evolving dining scene. By appointing a panel of experts and well-respected judges in the culinary industry and after a thorough identification and deliberation process of almost 300 participating restaurants, the Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards and Guide were inaugurated at a gala dinner held on 22 February 2018. The Jakarta culinary scene was jubilant as the Top 40 restaurants were announced and special awards honoring Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year as well as Bar of the Year were given out.
Encouraging A World-Class Dining Scene
Recognizing the large manifestation of quality restaurants in Bali, FoodieS Magazine together with the leading natural mineral water in the country, AQUA Reflections, expands the Best Eats concept and launches the first reputable search for world-class dining venues on the Island of Gods, Bali. Bali’s Best Eats Awards and Guide will provide an expert eye to inform local and international diners and travelers alike about the creative talents behind Bali’s lucrative culinary industry and inspire chefs and restaurateurs to continuously develop world-class dining experiences.
Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS Magazine said, “We wanted to create an award system not only as a guide for diners to choose the best dining venues in Bali but also to show visitors to Bali all the great work that chefs on the island have been doing and what truly sets one restaurant apart from another. Bali’s Best Eats Award will encourage culinary creativity and excellence, drive the local scene to even greater heights and help ensure that every night is fully booked at the restaurants.”
Bali’s Best Eats Judging
Bali’s Best Eats has assembled a panel of reputable industry experts from diverse backgrounds and specialties, to ensure a credible, honest and ethical judging process. The judging panel includes:
• Yuda Bustara – Celebrity Chef
• Janet de Neefe – Founder, Ubud Food Festival
• Sandra Djohan – Chef & Hotelier
• Jed Doble – Publisher, FoodieS Magazine
• Guillaume Epinette – Sommelier & Hotelier
• Pierre Lang – Gourmand and member Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Baillage Bali
• Rinrin Marinka – Celebrity Chef
• Corine Tap – President Director PT. Tirta Investama (Danone AQUA)
• Simon Ward – Founder, Bali Food Safari
Restaurants will be segmented and compete in one of three categories: Fine Dining – venues making an illustrious effort in the pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement. Upscale Dining – venues going the extra mile to provide foodies with a smart, conceptual dining in an inviting ambience. Casual Dining – venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, lively and straightforward food and beverage experiences.
The establishments then will be judged on the following criteria:
50% – Cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution
20% – Quality of service
20% – Drinks menu or wine list
10% – Interior design or character
Judges will base their decisions on the above criteria. Each judge can only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All visits to the restaurant were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury and without any incentives or endorsements as part of the judging process. The Top 40 Restaurants will be revealed during the Gala Awards Night in November 2018. Restaurant registration is open from now until 31 October 2018. For further information and to register the restaurants, please visit, http://www.foodies.id/balisbesteats
Manifestation of “Reflections of You” in Culinary Industry
Reflections of You, a campaign by AQUA Reflections that continuously appreciates Indonesian inspirational figures who dedicate themselves in lifestyle, art, fashion, as well as culinary industry. Working together with FoodieS Magazine allows AQUA Reflections to give appreciation to culinary industry talents who are constantly progressing the industry by raising the quality of their offerings, actively stepping up industry standards, and being able to compete by international standards.
“We are taking a tangible step to show our commitment as AQUA Reflections in contributing to lift–up the standard in quality for Indonesia’s culinary industry through Bali’s Best Eats. In addition, we hope that Bali’s Best Eats will trigger more local culinary talents to keep on progressing and innovating to achieve excellence in the Bali culinary industry”, said Flora Tobing, AQUA Reflections Brand Manager.
About FoodieS Magazine
FoodieS is the premier English-language magazine covering food and beverage in Jakarta, Bali, the rest of Indonesia and beyond, with each edition focused on the day-to-day search for delicious, interesting or new restaurants, showcasing appliances and equipment for the home cook, looking at spirits, and cocktails, profiling chefs and offering coverage of international foodie destinations, and sharing easy-to-do recipes for budding Bourdains. Offering a print readership of 30,000, FoodieS also racks up more than 60,000 digital impressions each month through its online channels.
AQUA, a pioneer of packaged drinking water, was established in 1973. As a manifestation of its vision and commitment to responsible management in social and environmental operations, AQUA is developing the AQUA Lestari initiative, comprising four pillars: water resource protection, CO2 reduction, packaging optimization and plastic waste collection as well as community development and improvement. AQUA is part of the DANONE, one of the world’s largest producers of food and beverage products. In Indonesia, DANONE’s business units cover three main categories: beverages (packaged drinking water, non-carbonated soft drinks and tea RTD), nutrition for early life (Nutricia and Sarihusada), as well as medical nutrition. Danone-AQUA is the first FMCG in Indonesia that is BCorp certified. BCorp is a highest standard on social and environment performance. Sustainability Report of the company can be accessed through www.aqua.co.id. . Please send feedback as well as customer comments to AQUA Menyapa 08001588888 (toll free) Facebook SehatAQUA and aqua.co.id
About AQUA Reflections
AQUA presents all the benefits of natural goodness in AQUA Reflections, packed in premium glass bottles with exquisite design that reflects a drive for healthy lifestyles amid the dynamics of modern premium life. AQUA’s premium product is packaged in an elegant, 380ml & 750ml glass bottles created by the hands of talented Indonesian designers / artists, AQUA Reflections is a reflection of the modern, dynamic person who continually moves forward in a life balanced by a healthy body. AQUA Reflections comprises AQUA Reflections Still and AQUA Reflections Sparkling.