This month, we welcomed back one of our favorite Indonesian chefs, Petty Elliot. Petty is not only a renowned chef, but she is also an author and an ambassador for Indonesian cuisine all over the world. She hosted a workshop for the students.
The purpose of her visit was to deliver a culinary workshop for our students; she did a presentation for all 48 of our students, where they learned about Indonesian ingredients and the importance of sharing their country’s cuisine across the world. Additionally, she worked more closely with our chef, Alex, and his team of culinary students to prepare a three-course meal for all staff and students; it was a fantastic evening! The menu included a starter of roasted mixed vegetables, the main course of seafood risotto, and a mouthwatering mix of avocado and chocolate for dessert; it’s safe to say we all left the restaurant particularly satisfied that evening. Thank you Petty and we look forward to seeing you again soon in Sumba.
Workshop by Katamama’s Housekeeping Director
March brought us yet another fantastic educational workshop for our students, but this time it focused on the departments of Housekeeping and Front Office. Katamama’s Housekeeping Director and his team visited us in order to deliver both theoretical and practical lessons focusing on the key aspects of the department.
Our students had the opportunity to sit in the classroom in order to receive a PowerPoint presentation and they also got the chance to practically apply their newly learned knowledge in our guest pavilions; it was an in-depth and interesting exchange where our students learned so much and were so excited to be working with professionals in their field. Katamama is a boutique hotel situated in Seminyak, Bali, and is renowned for its luxurious and creative design. Our students are not yet familiar with a wide range of hotels and resorts, therefore it was eye-opening for them to be exposed to Katamama and it provided them with a great deal of inspiration as they grow closer to starting their internships.
An extra special moment we experienced during their stay was an additional Reiki class held by the team. Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.
All staff and students learned about the 7 chakras and the benefits of self-healing. It was a great workshop and had a very calming and positive effect on everybody involved.