Spicing it up at Conrad
Can food reflect art? the question on the invite posed. Well, yes, if you are artist Anne van Borselen and artisan chef Gary Rosen, who created a most exciting experience last week at the resortâ€™s Spice restaurant by composing food to reflect the artworks of the Jengala artist in residence. Anne paints directly on canvas, rice paper and panels in mixed techniques of acrylic, gouache, oil and ink in classic and abstract styles. Her figurative work can be linked to the beauty of artists such as Degas and the intensity of Rembrandt and her abstract art is bold and provocative with a humorous edge to her style.
Diners received a unique, limited-edition show plate designed by Anne (whose mother was Imeria Suassa, one of Indonesiaâ€™s most famous artists) and produced by Jengala Keramik as they enjoyed a divine menu reflecting the Surabaya-born Dutch artistâ€™s work. Dishes included Monaâ€™s Daily Special â€“ Ravioli of Lobster poached in a light lemongrass broth, Bain de Soliel â€“ Braised Savoy cabbage and sweetbreads with truffles and Paysan Catalan â€“ Pan roasted Halibut with leek white and sage followed by Plaque Rondo – Slow braised Kurobuta pork belly with creamed celeriac, baby spinach and Madeira sauce and Hello Picasso – The Artist’s Palate. Guests included Four Seasonâ€™s Benny Raj, Lotus Enterprisesâ€™ Bill Busch and wife Henny and Tropical Homesâ€™ Nills Witterland.
Diane, DiSh on Bali