The Jakarta Post
Bondan Winarno (right) supports fellow culinary expert William Wongso (center) at a book launch. (JP/Muthi)
Journalist and culinary expert Bondan Winarno, who passed away in late November 2017, was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ubud Food Festival 2018. On his behalf, his family attended the gala dinner, where the award was presented.
“When my husband was still around, it was hard to imagine me speaking in public. Now I am standing here, not just to speak but also to receive an award of appreciation for him,” said Yvonne Winarno, Bondan's widow, as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.
Yvonne, who attended the gala dinner of the Ubud Food Festival at Taman Kuliner, Ubud, Bali, spoke of her husband’s love for Indonesian cuisine. She said Bondan had retired early in order to explore Indonesia’s rich culinary scene.
“He had done a lot for Indonesia’s culinary scene, and maybe even foreign cuisine too. He deserves this award, and I am very proud to be his wife,” Yvonne added.
Bondan’s son and daughters, who also attended the gala, recalled fond memories of their late father. Eliseo, Bondan’s son, said his father was very passionate about food, and imagined that if Bondan were alive to receive the award, he probably would have said "maknyus" (It’s yummy), his popular catchphrase in his 2000s food show on TV.
The Winarnos expected that all participants in the Ubud Food Festival could follow in Bondan’s path in promoting Indonesian cuisine. In his lifetime, Bondan wrote several books on food, such as 100 Makanan Tradisional Indonesia Maknyus (100 Yummy Traditional Indonesian Dishes) and Kecap Manis: Indonesia’s National Condiment. (mut)