GRACE DHARMAWAN – THE SALT & SUGAR LADY

Let us introduce you to the newest chef in town, The Salt and Sugar Lady – Grace Dharmawan, as she shares with us her new venture and her favorite food!

Let us introduce you to the newest chef in town, The Salt and Sugar Lady – Grace Dharmawan, as she shares with us her new venture and her favorite food!

AS A CHEF, Grace spent almost ten years in the kitchens of high profile establishments. Her career started in Switzerland and the UK where she attained the advanced diploma in culinary arts. However, her pivotal moments were spent at Mozaic in Bali as its Chef de Partie, staying eight years there, then at Nobu in Melbourne, where she worked since 2012 until before coming back to Indonesia.

Now newly wedded to husband Chef Ivan Wibowo of G48, Umabo, and Benedict; she recently started her own pop up dessert venture named Salz/Zucker to cater to Jakarta’s increasing sweet toothed patrons. Her exploit started a few weeks ago at The Cook Shop where she pops-up every Tuesday and Wednesday, and features modernist desserts with distinctive combinations.

Enjoying one of her fine creations for the occasion, it was the Vitamin C that consists of a beautiful rectangular madeleine topped with lemon mint sorbet. Accompanied by raspberry “kisses”, dragon fruit, and green lemon posset to make it more colorful.

“True to the name salz and Zucker or salt and sugar, a dessert does not have to be all sweet but it needs to have other characteristics to make it balanced – like incorporating salt into it. That’s exactly what I like most from a dessert”, the chef explains us.

Living abroad for quite some time does not make Grace Dharmawan less Indonesian. As a native Surabayan, she has always been influenced by local cuisine as well. Her favorite is something that we always love to have from day to day.

When asked what it is, she answers right away, “Nasi goreng!”


Written by Rian Farisa Photographs by Rian Farisa July 26, 2016.

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