Alila Seminyak is pleased to welcome Muhammad Hazwan bin Md Hamdan as the new Chef de Cuisine for Seasalt Restaurant at Alila Seminyak. With his passion for organic and sustainably sourced products, and for inventing something new, Chef Hazwan finds a fitting home at the helm of Seasalt, Alila Seminyak’s oceanfront dining destination that emphasizes sustainability.
Hazwan grew up in the farming countryside of Ipoh, Malaysia, but his culinary dreams were without boundary.
He began his career by learning the ropes in the kitchens of five-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, including Pan Pacific and Royale Chulan. His next stop was New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, where stints at fine dining restaurants Stella! and August introduced him to contemporary Creole and New Orleans cuisine. Hazwan then joined Hyatt Hotels & Resorts as Chef de Partie at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. He joins Alila Seminyak from his role as Chef de Cuisine at Park Hyatt Doha, home to the refined French Arabic restaurant.
Through his experiences in a diverse culinary journey and driven by his passion to create a memorable experience through food, Chef Hazwan recently introduced flavorful new cuisines with Nikkei concept specially for dinner, an exotic mix between Japanese and Peruvian cultures.
Unlike the traditional Japanese cuisine, it introduces bold and vibrant flavors characterized by its sourness and spiciness with Japanese cooking methods employed to create a new unique fusion. Dishes like robata sweet corn, tuna tataki, and tomato ceviche are what the renewed Seasalt offers presented with nouvelle cuisine style and will not disappoint.
Stepping into Seasalt will take you into what resembles a stylish seaside residence dominated by ocean hues and cozy décor. Seasalt strives to implement the sustainable, zero-waste concept behind the bar, reusing, fermenting, recycling and upcycling ingredients that would otherwise be discarded as trash. Think leftover fruit juices, fruit rinds and fruit seeds saved from the scrap heap and instead reimagined as ingredients in exciting ocean-inspired craft cocktail creations.