The Sanchaya Guest Chef Series welcomes Chef Cam Matthews

Cameron Matthews is a leading Australian industry figure who is an ardent supporter of local products and producers and as Group Executive Chef for legendary Spicers Retreats in the Hunter Valley- Eremo Restaurant, Spicers Guesthouse and Restaurant Botanica, Spicers Vineyards Estate in New South Wales. Chef Matthews is excited to be heading to The Sanchaya as Chef in Residence from 11 – 13 September 2020. Situated on the shores of Indonesia’s Bintan Island just 50 minutes from Singapore, The Sanchaya is a luxurious boutique estate, offering world-class cuisine, a carefully handpicked selection of wines, and exceptional guest service.

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Chef Matthews is well-respected amongst Australia’s most discerning diners having held positions of Executive Chef de Cuisine at Brisbane’s iconic Siggi’s Restaurant and Executive Chef of Restaurant Lurleens Sirromet Winery which received the honour of being voted both ‘Best Tourism Restaurant’ and ‘Best Winery Restaurant in Australia’.  For three years he held the position of Head Chef at the two hatted Regional Victorian restaurant Simones of Bright and Executive Chef of The Long Apron restaurant and cooking school.

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During his time at the estate, Matthews will work alongside The Sanchaya Director Giacomo Turzo to select the freshest local produce from the sea, land and gardens for a gastronomy inspired weekend kicking off with a Friday evening 3 course a la carte style dinner inspired by some of Matthews classic signature dishes including scallop crudo, grilled seasonal greens, salsa verde, egg yolk purée and dried kale and Aged Hunter Valley beef tartare, porcini caramel, beetroot butter, garden leaves, white vinegar. This will be followed by a four hands Saturday dinner from Chef Giacomo and Chef Cameron which will see the pair fuse their individual styles featuring some of Spicers and The Sanchaya’s most iconic dishes including Honey glazed and roasted Kingfish, cauliflower, dried milk and lemon jam and Estate herbs Jack fish fillet, Marinated anchovies with goat cheese and spaghetti cucumber.

Prawns at Eremo RestaurantPrawns from Cam Matthews Spicers Guesthouse restaurant – Eremo

Perfecting the offering on each evening, The Sanchaya’s Sommelier, Jeroen L’abée will showcase a selection of Australian and French wines to accompany each course. Since joining The Sanchaya, Jeroen has steadily built an enviable collection of award-winning and discovery wines. Each evening will be staged in the estate’s glass-walled Decanter room, giving guests the opportunity to learn more about the cooking techniques Chef Matthews has perfected throughout his multi awarded career.

Wine wall at Spicers GuesthouseWine wall at Cam Matthew’s retreat, Spicers Guesthouse

The weekend will culminate in a Sunday Brunch on Sunday 13th September, whereby Chef Giacomo and Chef Matthews will recreate the quintessential Aussie BBQ, with a decidedly international twist. Taking place on the lawn area at the heart of the estate, the Spicers BBQ will be a casual affair, with beanbag seating areas and an optional free-flow beverage, featuring Sommelier selected rosés and Australian beers.

Located less than an hour away from Singapore, The Sanchaya is a boutique beachfront estate nestled amidst luscious tropical gardens and the sparkling Indian Ocean. With an Indonesian-inspired spa, ocean-side croquet lawn, endless white beach, and several world-class dining options, The Sanchaya is one of the most convenient and exclusive, yet inspiring, short or long stay offerings in South East Asia.

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A limited time Guest Chef Series accommodation experience includes:

  • 2-night accommodation in either a Lawan Thai Villa or Sanchaya Suite (additional nights will be charged at best available rate)
  • Two places at Chef Matthews’ dinner on either Friday, 11th or Saturday 12th September
  • Sunday BBQ Brunch by Chef Cameron on Sunday, 13th September
  • Daily pre-dinner cocktails at The Bar throughout the weekend
  • Daily à la carte breakfast
  • Express clearance upon arrival and prior to departure at The Sanchaya Lounge in Bintan Resorts Ferry Terminal
  • Shared chauffeured return transfers between Bintan Resort Ferry Terminal and the estate

This experience is available on Friday, 11th September – Sunday, 13th September, with rates starting at IDR 20,335,000++ per couple (IDR 24,605,000 net, inclusive tax and service charge). For further information, please visit