Chaine Des Rotisseurs Michael Burchett Bailliage De Bali

Dining | Written By, NOW! BALI | October 6th, 2014

“Mr Michael Burchett  was appointed the Bailli for the Bali chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2009. Throughout his 35 year career in the hospitality industry he has always involved with the Chaine in one way or another. He became actively involved with the Chaine in Jakarta during 1994 – 1997 when he was at the Four Seasons – Regent. Firdaus Siddik was, at that time, re-establishing Chaine in Indonesia and Michael’s friendship with Firdaus prompted his  involvement.”

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“Mr Michael Burchett  was appointed the Bailli for the Bali chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2009. Throughout his 35 year career in the hospitality industry he has always involved with the Chaine in one way or another. He became actively involved with the Chaine in Jakarta during 1994 – 1997 when he was at the Four Seasons – Regent. Firdaus Siddik was, at that time, re-establishing Chaine in Indonesia and Michael’s friendship with Firdaus prompted his  involvement.”

Michael has had an impressive career including 17 years with Regent and Four Seasons Hotels in Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, China, USA and Indonesia. He continued has career as Vice President Operations with Royal Garden Resorts in Thailand responsible for hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Vietnam.

In 2003 he returned to Bali to open Conrad Bali, and was the General Manager for some 9 years. Highly respected in the Industry and because of his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hospitality business he set up his own company,  MJB Hoteliers, specialising in Hospitality Management and Consulting Services.

Michael is Australian, married with 2 children and a keen golfer. He is also an active participant in various professional associations in Bali and was instrumental in driving the recovery program for Bali during his 3 terms as Chairman of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) from 2004 to 2008 and remains an active Director today. He is also past Vice Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association; Past President 2008/2009 of Rotary Nusa Dua and the current Director of Community Services with the Rotary Club.We asked Michael some questions to ‘get to know him’.

Your life at the moment?

Just turned 60; life is good!!

Our new company got off to a great start with 3 operating hotels and 11 under construction in various locations in Bali and nearby Islands.

Philanthropy project?

I have been involved with Rotary Nusa Dua since 2003; in particular the Cleft Lip Program and HIV Aids Program, along with other community activities.

ROLE Foundation – a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the education, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in underprivileged circumstances, whilst ensuring environmental resilience and sustainability.

YKIP  Back to school Program – Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi, or “Humanitarian Foundation for Mother Earth”, an Indonesian Non Profit Organisation dedicated to helping the needy in Bali through health and education programs. The charity was founded in the wake of the 2002 Bali bombings which resulted in 255 deaths and 446 injured.

Why did you join the Chaine?

My interest in food & beverage and comraderie with like minded individuals.

Most memorable Chaine event?

There have been a number, but of particular note was a special dinner we put on at Four Seasons-Regent in Jakarta in 1996 the Induction Dinner – 120 guests, black tie, one long table, spectacular food and wine. We did a repeat at Conrad in 2006, when Gary Rosen was Executive Chef; not at one table, but 120 guests, with 60 in the kitchen and 120 service staff. Another unbelievable event with spectacular food and wine.

One regret, I missed the Grand Chapitre event in Yogyakarta in October 2011.

Favourtite food?

A wonderful piece of aged beef

Favourite wine?

Chateau neuf du Pape – light and fresh in our Bali warmer climates

Favourite holiday destination?

Melbourne

Favourite restaurant of all time?

Le Normandie at The Oriental in Bangkok; many years ago; a special celebration with my wife Linda. Still the most expensive dinner I could not afford!! But would do again in a heartbeat!!

Thank you Michael for your much appreciated work and support of the Chaine des Rotisseurs in Bali.

Vive la Chaine !

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