Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives appoints Filippo Abisso as new Executive Chef

Filippo – Filippo Abisso has been appointed Executive Chef of Shangri‑La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Chef Filippo joins with over twenty years of international experience in the culinary industry, holding various positions at luxurious properties in Greece, Portugal and Switzerland, including two Michelin-awarded restaurants in Italy.

Chef Filippo’s worldwide experience has allowed him to develop an unrivalled passion for gastronomy. He is bringing an authentic European flavour to the Maldives, enhanced by his wide knowledge of Asian influences and tastes.

Before joining Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, Chef Filippo worked at Banyan Tree in the Seychelles, Maldives, and most recently at Banyan Tree Angsana & Laguna Golf Bintan in Indonesia, where he held the title of Area Executive Chef.

Chef Filippo’s role at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives encompasses the entire culinary operation and management, including the restaurants Fashala, Dr Ali’s and Javvu, in addition to in-villa dining. He will oversee the resort’s culinary team and tailor in-flight menus for private jet travellers.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the team here in the Maldives. This is such an exciting opportunity and I hope to bring a new dimension to the resort’s already highly acclaimed culinary offerings,” Chef Filippo said about his appointment.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives offers a variety of different cuisines inspired by the local Maldivian culture, the exotic East and touches of the West, allowing for a vibrant mix of flavours, spices and tastes. The resort prides itself on offering a bespoke service to its guests with the exclusive ‘Dine by Design’ concept. ‘Dine by Design’ allows guests to dine in a variety of locations, from the highest elevation in the Maldives – Mount Villingili – to the lush tropical Villingili jungle or aboard a luxury yacht while crossing the equator.

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