More than three decades ago, Swiss born Chef and Restaurant proprietor Heinz von Holzen was planning a career in engineering when he took on a apprentice chef position instead. He worked in the kitchens as a Chef of the Hilton, Hyatt and the Ritz Carlton group in Europe, Australia and Asia, and then finally was lured to the island of Gods ”Bali” where he was the opening Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt and the Ritz Carlton. Immediately he realised that Bali lacked literature on Balinese cooking or a restaurant where one could savour the delicious flavours of the Bali’s cuisine.
It was then when the idea grew and materialised for his Bumbu Bali, Restaurant & Cooking School that he together with his Balinese Wife Puji opened in 1997. To promote the food of Bali further, Chef von Holzen started conducting cooking classes in the kitchen of his restaurant three times a week personally. The classes are so popular, they have helped develop Chef von Holzen’s standing as a master and the Godfather of Balinese cuisine and the Bumbu Bali’s reputation as an authentic Balinese restaurant internationally.
Beside his culinary and book work Heinz together with his wife Puji and son Fabian have developed a strong desire to help the porters and their families of Kawah Ijen. Their charity work includes the support of their children’s for which all school fees are paid, medical and moral support by handing over cloths that has been donated by supporters around the globe.