Soneva Fushi to welcome celebrated Chef Prateek in May
Soneva Fushi is set to welcome Chef Prateek Sadhu from the acclaimed restaurant in Mumbai, Masque, in May.
Chef Prateek, who is known for its degustation menus that hinge on the farm-to-table culinary ethos while keeping sustainability at the forefront, will be at Soneva Fushi from May 8-14 as part of the Festival of Colour, showcasing his botanical bistronomy for lucky guests.
Born in 1986, Chef Prateek grew up around farms and could be found in the kitchen by the time he was 10 years old, where he learnt the basics from his mother and aunt. His culinary career started when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with double gold medals to his credit. From there he worked in the kitchens of Alinea, The French Laundry, Bourbon Steak, and Le Bernadin, followed by a tour of some of Europe’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
It was under Rene Redzepi at Noma that Chef Prateek learnt to cook from the region and harness the soil. His cooking style and technique have developed into a true-to-the-earth philosophy. After moving back to India Chef Prateek met Aditi Dugar, who had left a career in finance to pursue a catering. Aditi has worked at La Gavaroche, Zuma, Le Petite Maison and Bo.Lan. Meeting Chef Prateek the two travelled around India meeting farmers and farmers’ collectives before opening Masque.
Since opening in September 2016, Masque was ranked in Food Tank’s top 10 restaurants in the world using sustainable practices. It was voted the Best Global and Most Iconic restaurant in Mumbai by the Epicurean Guild and Restaurant of the Year by the Times Food & Nightlife awards. Masque’s ever-changing degustation menus focus on seasonally available produce, showcasing the ingredients in their prime. The restaurant also has its very own farm outside of Pune where it grows a lot of its own produce.
In February, Soneva launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019.
Soneva, a world-leading luxury resort operator, runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.
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 and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.
Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and its second resort in the Maldives.
Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of 24 overwater villas and one island villa set in a 5.6 kilometre private lagoon located in the northern Noonu atoll. The resort spans five islands surrounded by pure white beaches, covered in rich tropical vegetation, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury.
Each of the resort’s multilevel water villas has its own private pool and a retractable roof that allows guests to sleep beneath the stars. Many villas also have slides that transport guests directly from the top level into the lagoon below. Other hotel highlights include a spa, an observatory — home to the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean — and an outdoor cinema.
Since its opening, Soneva Jani has created a lot of buzz amongst luxury travellers with its exciting features such as the retractable roofs and the water slides. It has been named the Best Over-the-Top Luxury hotel of the year by Jetsetter.com, the best new resort in the world by CNN, and the Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in South Asia and Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in Maldives.