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William Wongso (born William Wirjaatmadja Wongso, 12 April 1947 Malang, Indonesia) is a culinary expert from Indonesia, specializing in Asian and European cuisine. He is the son of Soewadi Wongso (Wong See Hwa).
Wongso initially did not receive formal culinary training, but learned from sidewalk food vendors and eventually trained in pastry and baking with chefs at hotels in Indonesia.In 1978, Wongso attended East Sydney Technical College for its baking program. In 1982, he attended Swiss Masters Bakers and Confectionery program in Lucerne, Switzerland, and then spent the following years of training in pastry, baking, chocolate, and ice cream in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy until 1987.
Wongso intended originally to follow the in footsteps of his father and pursue a career in film and photography, but his father's hobby of cooking inspired his passion for the culinary arts.In 2001, France's Ministry of Agriculture awarded Wongso the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Merite for his role in promoting French cuisine and gastronomy.In 2008, Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla awarded Wongso the Professional Certification Authority (BNSP) for his dedication to culinary vocational education.In 2009, the Korean Tourism Board named Wongso the Goodwill Ambassador for South Korea.Mr. Wongso, restaurateur and TV personality, was invited by Alaya Hotels??s owners Michelle Tanaja and Jimmy Gunawan to prepare Indonesian cuisine with the refined approach Mr. Wongso is famous for and to set the stage for an all new Indonesian dining experience. located in the middle of a rice field adjacent to the hotel, the 124-seat Manisan will be what the Alaya Hotels owners call ???culinary theatre?? for its traditional food preparation, koki masak, and other spontaneous cooking surprises.Chef William Wongso also brings his authentic Indonesian cooking to life at the new Arsana Restaurant at the Alila Seminyak. Arsana Restaurant is one of the latest additions to Bali??s culinary world.