Interview with Chef Marc Lorés Panadés Executive Chef at Alila Villas Uluwatu


Marc Lores PanadesTo start of, tell us about yourself?

I moved from Catalonia, Barcelona to Bali 3,5 years ago become an Executive Chef at one of the most iconic resorts in Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu.

How do you cope with the competitions in Bali these days? What is Alila Villas Uluwatu doing to stay competitive? 
In my opinion, without competition, we couldn’t achieve our best. Right now, Uluwatu area getting busier with a lot of new hotels, restaurants, resorts which offer something unique. To compete, we maintain our effort to be sustainable as much as possible by using local, organic and sustainable ingredients and focus on the important aspects of quality, detail and guest experience.

Working in the hospitality industry, what do you love most about it? 
Making someone’s day! The world of hospitality is vibrant, lively, and always interesting. 

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
Maintain work-life balance could be something that challenging especially when we work in the hospitality industry. However, It’s all about mindset, it’s important to build a healthy mindset around work and life. Since I moved to Bali, I love to explore outdoor activities like diving, hiking as well as enjoying natures. 

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without Pizza!

If you could master one skill that you don’t have right now, what would it be?

Nature exploration & jungle skills. I’d love to learn about jungle survival skills, as well as getting to know many facts about various plants, fruits, ingredients in the jungle that can be used for example to make Jamu, salads, etc. 

What do you do in your free time?

Traveling, training, racing, and sightseeing