Meet the new election hopefuls

Meet the new election hopefuls
From left to right: Mr Bondan Winarno, Mr Rhoma Irama, and Mr Richard Sam Bera.

The Celebrity Food Critic

Mr Bondan Winarno believes he has a good recipe for political success. While other candidates make big promises about reforming education, reducing corruption or helping the poor, he thinks the way to get a person's vote is through the stomach.

The TV food critic-turned-politician is promising to improve nutritional standards, have stricter monitoring of canteen food in schools, and encourage more home-grown produce when out canvassing for votes.

"I have approached many of the mother-type voters. I could easily get them interested in what I'm talking about," he says.

Mr Bondan, 63, is leveraging on young mums interested in what is best for their children - which happens to his forte: food.

His popular television programme Jalan Sutera (Silk Road) has him travelling across Indonesia tasting the country's diverse culinary traditions.

Mr Bondan started out as a journalist writing for various publications including Indonesia's largest daily Kompas and largest magazine Tempo, before his passion for food took him down a different path.

He now has 428,000 Twitter followers and is hoping to make yet another career switch - vying for a seat in Jakarta for the nationalist Gerindra Party, which is led by former army special forces general Prabowo Subianto.

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