WALKING ON LEMONS From Wellington to West Bali Friday, 20 September 2013

Tebanan, Indonesia (PressExposure) August 29, 2013 -- Chef Laurent Loudeac was born in Chateaubriant in western France. Among his early tenures which included three years at the famed La Ferriere in Switzerland, he has lived and worked in Australia and London before moving to New Zealand in 1995.

Accolades followed after he moved down to Wellington as sous-chef of the fine dining Kimble Bent's restaurant at the Park Royal, which won the 1997 Corban's Food and Wine Challenge for Best Hotel Restaurant working with a young team which included Chef Dwayne Cheer Alila Villas Soori' Executive chef. After a three-year stint at the hotel, Laurent decided to move to Sydney for two years where he worked as sous-chef at the famous Level 41. He then became head chef at Orso Bayside restaurant in Mosman on the North Shore for a year again sharing his knowledge with Chef Dwayne. His French roots beckoned and he went back to France in 2001, enjoying the abundance of foie gras and duck confit and the rich southern hospitality. Returning to Wellington, Laurent became head chef at Hummingbird for four years, reaping numerous awards before joining The Museum hotel.

For one night in September only, Chef Loudeac join forces with Chef Dwayne at Alila Villas Soori presenting their global culinary adventures to our diners. The culinary journey will include premium wine pairing from the internationally recognised French winemaking family of Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre, which has crafted quality premium wines for ten generations, at the established Clos Henri vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand. The first Clos Henri wines have been made in 2003 and subsequent vintages benefit from being made on the Clos Henri terroir.

Award-winning Clos Henri selections at Alila Villas Soori's September dinner will include the Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc La Jadis 2009, the Henro Bourgeois Pouily Fume en Travertin 2009, the Bel Echo Pinot Noir 2009 (which scored 18/20 on the Raymon Chan Wine Reviews in 2011 and 90/100 in Wine Orbit December 2013), the Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Pinot Noir 2008 (of which the latter gained silver medal at the 2011 Japan Wine Challenge and scored 90/100 by Robert Parker in October 2010).

With Alila Villas Soori, the sophisticated traveler now has a luxury option to stay in West Bali. Located along the southwest coast of Bali, in the Tabanan Regency, the resort is just 20 minutes from Tanah Lot Temple, and over an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Set in one of Bali's most fertile and picturesque regions, our luxury villas in Bali lies between glistening volcanic black-sand beaches and verdant rice terraces, with the mystical Mount Batukaru in the distant horizon.

Designed by Singapore-based SCDA Architects, Alila Villas Soori is an inspired expression of contemporary Asian architecture that blends seamlessly with the lush surroundings of its tropical beachfront setting, and which has been designed, constructed and managed in accordance with EarthCheck international environmental standards.

Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2013 - Best Resort Hotel for Asia Pacific
UK Tatler Spa Award 2013 - Most Heavenly Hideaway
Hospitality Investment World Indonesia - 2013 Best Boutique Hotel
EARTH CHECK - 2012 Silver Certified
Island Destinations - 2012 Ultimate Villa Award
GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award - 2012 Green Architecture
Trip Advisor's Travellers Choice Award - 2012 The Best Hotel Award
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