It’s easy to differ Chef Chandra Yudasswara from those chefs out there. No one sports manly ponytail like him. His casual outfit – white shirt and simple jeans – also makes him memorable.
Starring in a solo cooking show on national-scale TV, managing self-owned restaurants, and speaking on some big culinary events, Chef Chandra is in the peak position of chef stardom. But he’s certainly not the only one.
But Being a celebrity, on top of being a chef, makes one needs to play particular personality for two reasons: relevancy and presence. However, this attempt often tends to be forced, even some fall down into unnatural, manufactured persona.
Chef Chandra Yudasswara is more elegant and genial. And there is a sense of conservatism and humility in his personality.
Despite being an acclaimed chef, his presence doesn’t intimidate. His flashing smile is also never absent, even while he’s asked about a serious question.
He's got a brilliant mind that is eclipsed only by his humble spirit.
After graduating from STP (School of Tourism) Bandung in 1997, Chandra embarked on a chef career in prominent hotels abroad. To mention, he joined Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bahrain and Fairmont Dubai in his initial career.
After working for more than four years overseas, he went back to hometown to venture out on his own. In 2011, he found BACCO Jakarta with some friends. It is a wine-centric bar in the downtown Kuningan, South Jakarta.
Following BACCO, Portable Restaurant boosts friendlier, all-day dining restaurant with All You Can Eat shabu-shabu as its highlight menu.
His restaurants’ menu stretches of western cuisine, Japanese, to some exotic Indonesian foods like tongseng (Central Javanese beef stew in curry stock).