Chef Chris Salans
American born and French raised, Chris began his training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris before taking internships in France at Michelin Starred restaurants such as L’Oustau de Baumaniere and Lucas Carton. His culinary career brought him to New York where he worked as Sous Chef for David Bouley. It was during this time that Chris developed such awe for Asian cuisine that he accepted a position as Executive Chef of The Legian in Bali, marking his first foray into the Asian culinary scene.
After a brief return in the USA to work as Head Chef for Bouley and in Napa Valley with Thomas Keller, Chris finally settled in Bali where he began to develop his own unique cooking style while working as Head Chef at Ary’s Warung. In 2001, he opened Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud – the cultural heart of Bali.
It’s in Mozaic that Chris developed and mastered his own style of cuisine – marrying the techniques of Western modern cooking and presentation, with the native ingredients and amazing flavours of Indonesia. Still now, after over 13 years of operations, Mozaic Restaurant is regarded as one of the best dining experiences not only in Bali but the whole of Asia and has received numerous accolades including being listed in the Tradition et Qualité – Les Grandes Tables Du Monde, San Pellegrino’s ‘The World’s Top 50 Restaurants’, Miele Guides ‘Top 10 in Asia’ and most recently World Gourmet Summit 2015 award for ‘Best Asian Restaurant’.
Mozaic Restaurant is a fresh oasis of ingenuity in the world of gastronomy. It is the uniqueness of the experience that has become the hallmark of its reputation, encompassing the quality of the ingredients, the perfect execution, the sheer multitude of flavours and the quality of the service, all to be enjoyed in a magical garden setting.
Chris’ ever-changing menu consists of à la minute creations which evolve, disappear and return in accordance with market availability. He has taken his passion for local ingredients to great lengths by foraging all over Bali, sourcing from the sea, as well as seeking out the earth’s bounty.
Chris published his first award winning cook book, “Mozaic: French Cuisine, Balinese Flavours” in 2011. This labour of love which showcases 17 seasonal ingredients from Indonesia through 50 wonderful recipes took Chris a whole year of work to put together but it was all worth it when it won the award of “Best in the World” 2011 by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
In mid 2012, Chris opened what is considered his “wild child”, Mozaic Beachclub on the beach of trendy Seminyak, with a new concept that is fun and hip yet stylishly elegant. The Beachclub offers a casual version of Chris’ cuisine with an array of affordable dining options by the sea in a cool relaxed ambiance.
In 2013, he featured as a judge on the reality TV series, Top Chef Indonesia.
In 2014, Chris Salans created CSG, the Culinary Solutions Group. CSG was formed with one single mission: to create and promote awe-inspiring food and culinary concepts. The group was born out of the need to create a culinary management company representing the best interests of Owners-Developers, providing advice and management based upon a philosophy of excellence in gastronomy and service. CSG provides F&B solutions, individually tailored to the specific needs of each client, from feasibility studies through to completed project delivery and management.
On July 2015, Chris opened his third outlet: SPICE by Chris Salans. This modern air conditioned gastrobar located in the heart of Ubud, delivers affordable, casual good food in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere; it’s a lively and hip café, with an all-day dining concept, that is accessible to all. Spice is based on the same philosophy of infusing Indonesian ingredients and flavours with each dish based on a fresh local produce. Here one can choose to sit at the bar counter watching an interactive culinary theatre, with the chef and his team at work; or opt to sit down at communal tables at the front whilst watching the life of Ubud passing by through massive glass windows. Spice takes its guests on an eclectic gastronomic adventure of taste, touch, smell, sound and sight.
To date, Chris Salans remains one of Bali’s top culinary ambassadors promoting the island as a foodie destination and participating in culinary events worldwide as a Master Chef. At the World Gourmet Summit held in Singapore in Nov 2014, Chris was most recently awarded the prestigious MANITOWOC Restaurateur of the Year and was also honored at Sunrice School for being a mentor in his field.