In collaboration with world-renowned Indonesian chef Vindex Tengker ( Executive Chef ) and Zachary Hamel ( Chef de Cuisine ), they bring together a refreshing style of cooking to authentic Indonesian cuisine at Kasih.
The Hamel family relocated from Madison, Wisconsin to Thailand when Zachary was at the age of nine. As such, Zachary traveled between the Southeast Asia countries over the next four years, during which time he developed an affinity for the region’s bold, exotic flavors that continue to influence his culinary style today.
Upon moving back to Madison as a teenager, Hamel quickly worked his way from prep cook before landing a job at the acclaimed restaurant L’Etoile where he met his mentor, the James Beard Award-winning Chef Tory Miller. With a passion for cooking and learning various culinary techniques, Hamel traveled back to Bangkok, Thailand to study at Le Cordon Bleu while simultaneously honing his skills at the Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, Nahm.
Following his graduation from Le Cordon Bleu, Hamel moved to New York City to cook at Momofuku’s Má Pêche before traveling around the world working in some of the most notable kitchens in the industry, including Merivale Hospitality’s iconic restaurant, Ms. G’s in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles’s Hollywood hotspot E.P. & L.P. as sous chef.
To prepare for the opening of KASIH, Zachary Hamel spent many months in Jakarta, Bandung and Bali, Indonesia, completing extensive training with Chef Tengker to refine his techniques and approach to authentic Indonesian cuisine preparation, and to gain a deeper understanding of the many unique sub-culture that influence Indonesian cuisine, which he aims to share with Angelenos and all who dine at KASIH.