What has Chef Penelope been up to?
In November 2020 Penelope decided that in order to support the team at Bali Asli and to keep the restaurant alive during the pandemic, it was necessary for her to find work in Perth, Australia. She has teamed up with Will Meyrick of Sarong and Mamasan restaurants in Seminyak; she is now Restaurant Manager at Will Street Restaurant Perth.
Now that tourism has opened up in Bali, Penelope is travelling between Perth and Bali and in the not too distant future will return to her restaurant and cooking school, Bali Asli.
The Bali Asli team are doing an amazing job at running the restaurant and our culinary adventures when I am not in Bali. I am so proud of all of them for taking on this challenge and stepping up to hold the reigns.
Bali is where my heart is and I can’t wait to join them again.
The Will Street Team
The Will Street Restaurant
See what people are saying about Penny.
Penelope receiving her Best Chef Bali 2019 award.
Mark Keating, 14 August 2019
It took me nine years to get here but more than worth the wait. Penny has managed to create the most special eating experience and for anyone wanting a taste of Bali with a magnificent view out over emerald rice fields to Mount Agung, this is the place.
The Chef: It’s always fun to talk with Penelope Williams or as we all call her, Penny. She’s very bubbly, incredibly sweet and definitely full of smiles. And all that positivity radiates much into her works as the owner and Executive Chef of Bali Asli.
Penny and Bali Asli featured in the Channel 7 TV series Luxury Escapes.
The presenter is Shane Jolly and the episode started at Bali Asli and continued with an adventure on a vintage Vespa scooter, a visit to a local temple and finished with a picnic lunch at the water palace.
Go to the “In the Press” page to view three video clips of the episode.
Interview with Penelope November 2013 by “govoyagin.com”
Keeping authentic Balinese Culture alive
In our search for enthusiastic hosts in Bali, Aussie chef Penelope Williams stands out from the crowd. After just six years on the island, three of which she spent as Executive Chef of the ultra-luxe resort Alila Manggis, “Penny” has lovingly created a close-knit community in East Bali that celebrates authentic Balinese culture and cuisine.