at MÉTIS Restaurant, Lounge and Gallery
E: What are your responsibilities?
Thomas: Everything. For a few years MÉTIS was the most happening place in Bali and it still is. But with more competitors on the horizon, I believe my vision is quite aggressive in terms of marketing and holding events. We just had our 10th anniversary party and it was an absolute hit; it just goes to show that we’re on the right track.
E: What makes a typical day
T: Every morning I wake up as early as 6am, I do some boxing, or try to find a new inspiration for the restaurant. I come in to the office to do the briefing, check the kitchen, have an operational meeting, do administration and chat with the guests. It’s a job that encompasses every aspect of the venue, making sure every little detail is taken care of. I take a break in the afternoon, before going back to overlook the dinner operations.
E: Your best attribute?
T: I do love my job and what I’m doing; I know where I’m going.
E: Team player or team leader?
T: I can be both. When I lead, I have to know what I’m doing and believe in myself first. Once you trust yourself, you’re good to go.
E: Who has been the most influential figure in your career to date?
T: Joël Robuchon. He is the most legendary Michelin-starred chef. I worked for him for 10 years and it was amazing. He was very meticulous, from how he presented his plates, even down to the way he wrote his recipes. He was exceptional, we called him Papa – working for him was close-knit, like a family.
E: Name one really special thing about your hotel or restaurant?
T: It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a unique destination. It hosts a restaurant, a gallery and a lounge. Furthermore, we have an upstairs dining room and a wine cellar. We have a very strong and dynamic character, comprising the best food, a unique atmosphere and incredible vibes.
E: How do you unwind?
T: Sipping on a fresh coconut by the beach, that’s more than enough. A fancy beach club is not for me, I just want a simple time by the beach.
E: Dead or alive, who would you like to take out to dinner?
T: My best friend who passed at the age of 33, Nicolas Durante.
MÉTIS Restaurant, Lounge & Gallery
Jalan Petitenget No. 6, Seminyak
Bali 80361, Indonesia
T: (+62) 3614737888
Exquisite Taste December 2019 – February 2020