Baros Maldives’ chefs win big at FHAM 2017

Thirteen chefs from Baros Maldives have won the highest number of medals and awards at the recently concluded Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives (FHAM) International Culinary Challenge and Exhibition 2017.

The annual event, organised by the Chefs Guild of Maldives in association with the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka, enables chefs to demonstrate their skills before a panel of international judges. A total of 67 resorts in the Maldives represented by 564 competitors took part in this year’s edition.

Ibrahim Nathif won two top awards — trophies for Most Outstanding Chef in Maldives and Best Maldivian Chef — as well as five gold medals.

Nathif, 32, has worked at Baros for 13 years, and currently cooks in the resort’s fine dining Lighthouse Restaurant. As a result of his success, he has been selected to represent the Maldives at the Malaysian Culinary Challenge in February 2018.

Chef Ibrahim Nathif. PHOTO/ BAROS

Another top award was won by KYM Gunasekara who emerged as the Best Young Chef. He is 24, and has worked at Baros for three years.

“The record haul of medals comprises five gold, 12 silver and eight bronzes,” a statement by Baros read.

“The categories in which the chefs won reflect the multi-cuisine choices presented in the resort’s three restaurants, and special occasion dining. These included hot cooking of meat, seafood and poultry, biriyani, plated desserts, breads and pastries, Maldivian dish and wedding cake.”

According to Baros, more than 40 chefs work at its three gourmet restaurants as well as catering for off-island dining on a sandbank, lagoon deck or local Dhoni sailboat cruises. Also available is In Villa Meal Service in each of the resort’s 75 elegant overwater and beachside villas, the resort said.

Baros is a small coral island ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef, just 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport. It is an award-winning boutique resort renowned for discreet, personalised service excellence.

As a small leading luxury Maldives resort, Baros offers 75 tastefully designed Beach and Water Villas. With Beach Villas of classic elegance set in lush vegetation, and secluded Water Villas, many with private pools, Baros is one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Inspired by Maldivian traditions of heartfelt hospitality, Baros is a tropical island dream come true with fine cuisine and drinks served at three gourmet class restaurants, two bars, and a cigar and shisha lounge.

The recently rebranded spa at Baros, which will be open during the festive seasons as well, is located in a beautiful, lush tropical garden where serenity saturates the atmosphere, and is accessed by over-water stepping stones. It is a tranquil haven where complete well-being in body, mind and soul is made possible.

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