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Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Archipelago International, the largest hotel management company in Southeast Asia, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Food & Beverage Program – Black Box Battle.

Archipelago Black Box Battle
Archipelago Black Box Battle

The program invites esteemed F&B leaders, executive chefs, and head chefs to participate and demonstrate their culinary expertise in preparing food and drinks using surprise ingredients. The Archipelago Black Box Battle will feature a series of competitions held across various regions, including JABODETABEK, JOGLO SEMAR, West Java, East Java, and Bali.

The Black Box Battle program consists of two thrilling categories: Food Battle and Beverage Battle. Contestants from each category will have the chance to compete for prestigious top three trophies. All participants will receive an apron and certificate.

The inaugural event of the Black Box Battle is scheduled to take place on May 27, 2023, at Harper MT Haryono in Cawang, Jakarta. F&B leaders, executive chefs, and head chefs from all regions are enthusiastically invited to showcase their talent and join this captivating culinary extravaganza.

The Black Box Battle aims to promote the diverse culinary and beverage culture of Indonesia while highlighting the rich availability of local ingredients. By introducing and appreciating the talents of food and beverage professionals, Archipelago International aims to foster a sense of camaraderie and cooperation among the participants.

This collaboration will help create high-quality food and beverage products, ultimately offering potential menus that can be featured in hotels under the Archipelago International flagship.

The competition will challenge contestants to prepare their specialties using secret ingredients concealed within a mysterious black box. This exciting twist will test their creativity, adaptability, and mastery of flavors. Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their culinary skills and create innovative dishes and beverages that highlight the essence of Indonesian cuisine.

The Black Box Battle promises to be an inspiring experience for both participants and attendees. Culinary enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing the remarkable talents of F&B leaders, executive chefs, and head chefs as they unveil their gastronomic creations during this one-of-a-kind event.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Black Box Battle program as part of Archipelago International's commitment to showcasing culinary excellence. This unique competition will not only highlight the talents of F&B leaders and chefs but also promote the rich culinary heritage of Indonesia. We look forward to witnessing the creativity and innovation that will unfold as participants showcase their skills with mystery ingredients." said, John Flood, CEO & President of Archipelago International.

"The Black Box Battle is an incredible opportunity for our F&B professionals to push their boundaries and create exceptional dishes and beverages. We believe that this event will bring out the best in our talented chefs and contribute to the development of remarkable menus that can be showcased across our hotels under the Archipelago International brand. Archipelago constantly strives to offer excellent dishes with tastes that cannot be found anywhere else that will keep guests coming back to our hotels." said, Winston Hanes, Vice President for Operations of Archipelago International.

Food battle winners are Chef Sukma Nuryadinata from GRAND ASTON Puncak Hotel & Resort as the winner of Charles Brookfield Trophy (1st place), Chef Agung Palupi from ASTON Sentul Resort & Convention Center as the winner of John Flood Trophy (2nd Place) and Chef Hadhi Septanto from Harper MT Haryono, Cawang as the favorite winner (3rd Place)

Beverage battle winners are Boby Sandra from GRAND ASTON Puncak Hotel & Resort as the winner of Charles Brookfield Trophy (1st Place), Wahyu Sudrajad from ASTON Pluit Hotel & Residence as the winner of John Flood Trophy (2nd Place) and Rinaldo Chendana Halim from ASTON Cilegon Boutique Hotel as the favorite winner (3rd Place)

All winners also received prizes from Heavenly Blush and PT. Esham Dima Mandiri

The event is also supported by Gusto, Fitrafood, Toza, Leafy, PT. LMK, Heavenly Blush, Calmic, Larder, and Soejasch Bali.

For more information, visit and follow @archipelagointernational on Instagram.


About Archipelago

Archipelago International is Southeast Asia's largest privately-owned hotel management group with more than 40,000 rooms and residences in over 200 locations across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania. A trusted hotel company with a long track record and award-winning brands including ASTON, Collection by ASTON, Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, Hotel NEO, fave, Nordic and Powered by ARCHIPELAGO.

Media Enquiries:

Sari Kusumaningrum

Director of Corporate Communications & PR

Archipelago International

About Fitrafood International

Fitrafood is an importer and distributor of frozen seafood that specializes in handling fresh seafood products along with various added values. Currently, Fitrafood has expanded its business starting from frozen seafood, dimsum, fritters, pastries, sauces & seasonings with the brands Seafoodking, Masiji, and Fitra. Fitrafood has 10 branches spread across major cities in Indonesia.

About Gusto

PT. Pondan Pangan Makmur Indonesia is a manufacturer of ready-to-use pre-mixes, especially in the baking sector, such as cake mixes, biscuit dough, ice cream mixes, dessert mixes and pudding mixes.

About Toza

PT. Amanah Prima Indonesia was established at January 21", 2002 with area of factory 4,234 m2 located in Bitung, Tangerang, Banten Province. Beginning operation at 2003, PT. Amanah Prima Indonesia producing fruit juice for Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes (Hospitality) market under the trademark Toza. Toza juice product packaged in bottles size of 1 liter and 5 liter. PT. Amanah Prima Indonesia continues growing began to enter the market Airlanes and Amusement Center with pasteurized fruit juice drink packaged at 330ml bottle, it lasts until 2005. Entering 2006, PT. Amanah Prima Indonesia started to build partnerships with local fruit farmers to work together to improve the quality. Quality of fruit plantations and crops farmers use as raw material for production of fruit juice.



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