Soneva Fushi offers new ‘Cooking with Glass’ experience
Soneva Fushi has started offering a unique dining experience, where top chefs collaborate with the resort’s Art and Glass Studio’s master glass artists.
This one-of-a-kind culinary adventure for guests involves creating incredible dishes by cooking with molten glass.
This innovative dining concept is a novel combination of world-renowned chefs, glass artists and a glass studio – all in one resort. Guests can take home the unique glass pieces forged with each of the five courses as mementoes.
“The high heat of the glass alters the chemical process of cooking to enhance the flavours and textures of the food. Plus, glass is one of the most hygienic materials to cook with, thanks to its non-porous chemical makeup. We are already getting a lot of interest for this unique dining experience,” said Chef Kevin Fawkes, Maldives Area Culinary Director for Soneva.
Typically, resorts in the Maldives crush their used beer, wine and liquor bottles, and either sell them to a recycling company or, worse, dump the glass into the ocean. As part of the world-leading luxury resort operator’s sustainability initiatives, the waste glass at its flagship resort is upcycled. Soneva also collects waste glass from neighbouring resorts in the Baa Atoll.
Anywhere between 500 to 1,000 kilograms of glass is collected, crushed, washed, and delivered to Soneva’s Glass Studio each month by Eco Centro, Soneva’s Waste-to-Wealth department. It is then melted down in the company’s state-of-the-art glass furnace. From there, a variety of techniques are used, such as blowing, casting, and slumping to create extraordinary pieces of art that are of a much higher value than the glass was in its original bottle form.
The Curator of Art and Glass meets regularly with the chefs at each of the restaurants at Soneva Fushi and sister resort Soneva Jani to generate designs that complement the chefs’ culinary visions, as well as the concept and location of each restaurant. These signature collections are also available to be purchased by guests from the glass retail boutique.
Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.
The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives.