WORO PRABANDARI Grand Hyatt Jakarta

WORO PRABANDARI is the calm, collected, and eternally busy executive pastry chef of Grand Hyatt Jakarta. It is hard to catch up with her but when you are able to meet her; the welcoming view of the chef with her delightful creations greet you so warmly.

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WORO PRABANDARI is the calm, collected, and eternally busy executive pastry chef of Grand Hyatt Jakarta. It is hard to catch up with her but when you are able to meet her; the welcoming view of the chef with her delightful creations greet you so warmly.

“You know, my interest in cooking came from my mother, she was both skillful with cookery and also a homemaker”, says Chef Woro. When she was little, she was already accustomed to helping her mother cook and bake for events and bazaars at her father’s workplace.

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“Perhaps that’s why my parents enrolled me to a vocational middle school and eventually to STP Trisakti”, she continues. From the first day of her professional career, she had already dedicated it to one company. “Starting from my apprenticeship at Hyatt Bumi Surabaya, then to Hyatt Aryaduta, until now here at Grand Hyatt Jakarta; this year marks my 25th year with the company”, the chef proudly admits.

As a representative of Grand Hyatt Jakarta since the early 90s, Chef Woro has been routinely participating in Salon Culinaire events from time to time. Her first gig was in Singapore back in 1992 won her a gold medal with distinction for the plated dessert category. “Nowadays, I just accompany my team as a mentor to compete from one competition to another”, she says humbly.

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Back in her early days, she was fortunate enough to have good mentors too, who guided her career. The first is the Austrian pastry master who is now also a Hyatt legend, Mr Gottfried Schuetzenberger. She has also been tutored by the prolific Pierre Herme on several occasions during her trips to Europe and learned from company programs as well.

However, her tireless efforts to come up with best pastry lineup for the hotel does not stop her from creating back home. At home, there are no judges or difficult clients, from the simplest pancakes to tiramisu, she will easily whip them up during weekends together with the whole family.


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

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