Alila Villas Uluwatu Appoints Executive Chef Stephane Simond
21 April 2014
Alila Villas Uluwatu is delighted to announce the appointment of 38-year-old French national Stephane Simond as Executive Chef.
Stephane’s culinary career began at the age of 15 with an apprenticeship in l’Auberge Lamartine, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in his hometown in the eastern part of France, right in the heart of the Alps. After graduating, he worked in establishments across France and Switzerland; Vista Palace Hotel in Roquebrune Cap Martin, Chateau de Divonne in Divonne-Les-Bains and Relais chateaux La Reserve in Albi. His love for travel took him to the Caribbean where he worked in the kitchens of the beautiful Hotel Le Toiny on the island of St Barthelemy, a Relais & Chateaux property, and La Samanna Hotel by Orient Express in St Maarten.
His first foray into Southeast Asia came in 2008 when he became Executive Chef at the renowned Cassis restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia. His almost five years there nurtured a love for Indonesia, and brought him together with his Indonesian wife. He now brings his many years of finely honed experience to Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali. On his first impressions of the resort, he remarks, “Who on earth would not like this place? It is simply a fabulous hotel – I loved it right away. I think you can't get bored of this breathtaking cliff view.”
As to what he looks forward to the most in his new role, Stephane shares, “I'm deeply French as a chef but I love Asian food, so the excitement and stimulation for me will come from the fact that I'll have to create, use and develop all my skills, experiences and kitchen partners to develop our future food style. This is the most exciting and challenging part. This is why I'm passionate about my job.”