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Juna Rorimpandey: A master chef with an attitude

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 22 2011   /  07:00 am

JP/Triwik KurniasariHe sports tattoos all over his hands, rides a Harley-Davidson and makes fabulous food. Meet master chef Juna Rorimpandey.

His blunt comments are reminiscent of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay or former American Idol judge Simon Cowell.

“Your soup is tasteless, just like air kobokan,” said Juna coldly, referring to fingerbowl water, right after tasting a soup cooked by a contestant on the reality show MasterChef Indonesia.

Without further comment, he poured the soup into another bowl, to the surprise of the contestants and viewers at home.

His straightforward manner — which some find improper and others consider a scripted act to add to the show’s drama — launched him into fame and contributed to the popularity of culinary shows on television.

“When it comes to work, I am very strict and disciplined,” Ju...