BISMA EIGHT Announces New Executive Chef Ben McRae

Bisma Eight and its rooftop restaurant Copper Kitchen & Bar in Ubud, Bali, has announced the arrival of new Executive Chef Ben McRae.


Bisma Eight and its rooftop restaurant Copper Kitchen & Bar in Ubud, Bali, has announced the arrival of new Executive Chef Ben McRae.

Aussie-born Ben joins the Bisma Eight family and headlines an authentic, ethical and inspired rotating menu with roots deep in the local soil with an aim to make Copper Kitchen the number one destination for foodies in Indonesia.

Ben brings over 18 years experience to the kitchen from a diverse background at some of the world’s finest dining institutions. Chef Ben can count Iguacu Restaurant, Auckland, and Thailand’s prestigious Issaya Group as previous residences though most recently, the Travel+Leisure magazine accredited “World’s best resort” Nihiwatu was privy to his culinary delights.


Copper Kitchen & Bar, and its exclusive, warm, rustic rooftop location, will offer a new paired-down vibe, in the most serene of surroundings. A lush forest canopy, paddy fields and volcanoes provide an enchanting backdrop to a venue where guests can get together and decide on their own dining experience, be it a quick bite for lunch, shaded by palm fronds, or a leisurely evening dinner under the ever present glow of moonlight and starry skies.

Ben will be delivering a non-fuss communal menu which will be seasonally revised and stay sincere to local produce; much of it will be sourced from the new chef’s own labors at The Gardens at Bisma Eight, the Tegallalang Reserve and Amed Fisheries.


“As Ubud’s new stewards of the land, we define our own provenance and minimize the number of hands between earth and table, as an inherent responsibility to feed the finest our terroir can provide,” said Chef Ben.

A long standing patron of the region, Chef Ben believes that: “People come to Indonesia to eat Indo-Asian food, so my idea is to have a menu that offers contemporary Asian food, with an international twist.”

“It is a great pleasure having Chef Ben leading our culinary brigade. As an award winning and innovative chef, we are very confident Copper will become the number one unique dining experience for Ubud and the surrounding areas, we believe he and his culinary team will bring to our guests’ palates the most memorable tastes they have ever experienced,” said Erick Hardiansyah, general manager for Bisma Eight.

Bisma Eight
Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Bali
T: +62 361 4792888
+62 89 538 4792 888
Twitter: @bisma_eight
Instagram: @bismaeight
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Photograph: Bisma Eight

Written by FoodieS March 1, 2017.