Budi Kurniawan has been promoted from sous chef to head
chef at Crowne Plaza and will lead the award-winning kitchen
team into the summer.
Originally from the south coast of the Indonesian province of
Central Java, Mr Kurniawan began his professional career at
Nikko Hotel in Bali before moving to Jakarta and working for
the Shangri La Hotel.
In 2005 he moved to Wellington, where he worked for the
Intercontinental Wellington, and after a stint at Shed 5 and
the Bangalore Polo Club moved south to Queenstown, joining
Crowne Plaza last year.
He was ''really excited to be taking the helm'' and
incorporating his Indonesian flair into the locally inspired
menu, Mr Kurniawan said.
''I'm excited to put my own personal twist on things.''
Crowne Plaza Queenstown general manager Reinier Eulink said
Mr Kurniawan's appointment was testimony to ''his hard work,
dedication and exceptional skills in the kitchen''.