Villa Pangi Gita sits in the heart of Canggu but might as well be nestled in the middle of the jungle. That’s what it feels like in the verdant areas filled with little houses designed to look like Balinese huts.
Each space – including the open-sided living room, the study and the bedrooms – is topped by iron-wood shingle roofs. In tandem with water features scattered throughout, you feel the traditional Bali vibe.
The food in this 3-bedroom villa complements its decor and architecture. Scrumptious with a clean flavor, it’s cooked up by Chef Gus, who’s skilled in Asian and European cuisine.
Elite Havens: Chef, please tell me your name and what you do in the villa.
Chef Gus: My name is Ida Bagus Adhi Kusuma. People call me Gus. I’ve been working in Pangi Gita since 2012. I started around 2005.
EH: What do you cook? Did you study cooking before?
CG: Actually, I graduated from a tourism hospitality university. Diploma 1. And then I worked in a big hotel.
EH: What is Diploma 1?
CG: Diploma 1 is the one year program to go in University after senior year of high school. So I took a one-year program in the hospitality industry in food and beverage products. Then I worked in one of the biggest hotels in Bali. And then in the airport, in a catering company, and then some other villas. The latest is here. I’ve been here for about 9 years.
EH: What kind of cuisine do you make?
CG: I am able to cook Balinese food, Indonesian food and even European food. I can also make cakes. I used to work as a pastry chef in a hotel. We had a special request for carrot cake for one of our retreat guests and I made a special one.
EH: How would you describe what you cook?
CG: Cooking is an art. Cooking is also an hobby. So if you have patience in cooking, you’ll able to deliver an excellent dish to your guests.
EH: What are you making us tonight? What are you cooking tonight?