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Chef André delights the senses at Kurumba Maldives

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Chef Andre in Kurumba

Maldives.net.mv – André Chiang might have been born Taiwanese but he spent most of his life in the south of France, Basque country. With a family of artists of all forms, including a brother who is an actor and father a calligrapher, it was no surprise that André himself took on pottery and cooking. Making his way to be the head chef of Michelin star restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in France, was no ordinary feat for a young man from Taiwan. It was sheer talent as an artist and chef, that lead him to his five successful restaurants around the world today, including the aptly named, Restaurant André, in Singapore, which was recently awarded two Michelin stars. Today his restaurant in Singapore is ranked as the most sought after and recognised as the 5th best restaurant in Asia as well as being 39th from the world in 2016, according to the British Magazine Restaurant.

Sitting by the beach, listening to the waves, we were treated to an artistic demonstration of chef André and his team, at Kurumba Maldives. Introducing himself humbly, André was quick to point out that his restaurant does not carry a standard menu. He has a standing deal with artisan farmers and fishermen and traders to get the best of their produce each day, and by nine am he along with his team, they will look at what has arrived and come up with creative, gastronomical masterpieces. There are no lesser dishes as starters but each was a unique creation that delighted the eager eater, at André’s.

He began with a dish of ‘charcoal’ and seafood dip, crafted with smoked piquillos puree, amaebi carpaccio and wild herbs. It was more a breadstick that was black and with some cheesy filling which too was black, left to be kept warm in a plate of charcoal. The moment the bread stick touched your tongue was the moment you realize the rest of the afternoon was going to be a life time treat. It was followed by a dish of scallops left to dry in a special paper that takes only two days to dry out the fluids and give it the tasty unique flavor. The scallops bit was then wrapped with mushroom floss and then the top was ‘burnt’ with the blow torch. To describe the taste would be simply to say that each of the ingredients were purely represented equally, without one, overpowering the other.

Chef Andre in Kurumba

The final dish was a healthier and lighter substitute for risotto, with five types of sautéed mushrooms and topped off with pecan nut shredding’s.  Grated tofu was then spread across the top and a buckwheat cracker was laid to rest on top. Dipping the folk into the mushy center with the crusty top broken into pieces, the mouthful was so delightful, that it tingled awake sense buds, that seemed to have not been there before. To the lay person, it tasted like a wonderfully rich risotto dish but so much lighter and with far more flavors and absolutely no spices.

Everyone at the table were pretty much drooling for more than just a mere taste and asking for more dishes, quite blatantly. Unfortunately, Chef André and his team had to catch a flight back to Singapore to start cooking for dinner at his restaurant. The restaurant is closed when André is away and he is there every single day of the week. The master chef, concluded the event, with a dessert of locally available fruit in a sweetened syrup and some fizzy grapes to give you that extra pop and coolness.

If you are in Singapore, you must stop over at André’s, but as André points out, please remember to make a reservation a few days before your trip. The thirty seater restaurant is in so much demand that there is a long waiting list; but people still wish to experience the gastronomical artistry of the chef André and his talented team. We wish André much more good tidings and many more restaurant openings in the future and hope to see him in the Maldives sooner than later.

Chef Andre Chiang visited Kurumba Maldives as part of his world Octaphilosophy tour, visiting top destinations around the globe to display his culinary skills centered on eight elements of gastronomy that inspire him; salt, texture, memory, pure, terroir, south, artisan and unique.

Kurumba Maldives is a melting pot of cuisines and with ten restaurants and bars it offers some of the most diverse culinary experiences in a Maldivian resort. This was one amongst many such events that Kurumba Maldives has been holding throughout the year, allowing their guests to experience creations by top chefs around the world. This event was hosted at Thila restaurant of Kurumba that holds the title for the top restaurant in Maldives, on TripAdvisor, for few years running.

Chef Andre in Kurumba

Chef Andre in Kurumba

Chef Andre in Kurumba

 Written by Hamza Khaleel

Photos by Kurumba Maldives

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrates World Baking Day with collection of Chief Baker Mohamed Abdulla’s Croissanterie

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrated World Baking Day on May 17, 2024, in style. Guests were treated to a delectable selection of freshly baked croissants, expertly crafted by the esteemed Chief Baker of the resort, Chef Mohamed Abdulla.

World Baking Day is cherished by baking enthusiasts all over the world, and Sun Siyam Iru Fushi went above and beyond to make this year’s celebration unforgettable. Guests at the resort were invited to enjoy a variety of meticulously prepared croissants, created by Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team. Against the backdrop of the Maldives’ pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, the event not only honoured the art of baking but also showcased the vibrant culinary scene at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.

Chef Mohamed Abdulla, a local from Shaviyani Atoll who is known for his passion for perfection and innovative culinary creations, left no stone unturned in ensuring that each croissant was a masterpiece of flavour and texture. From classic butter croissants to unique savoury and sweet variations, every bite was a delightful symphony of taste sensations, leaving guests craving for more.

“We are delighted to have celebrated World Baking Day with such enthusiasm and creativity by our homegrown talent,” said Mr. Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “Once again, Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team have showcased their dedication in delivering exceptional Maldivian culinary experiences to our guests.”

The celebration of World Baking Day at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi was a testament to the resort’s commitment to culinary excellence and guest satisfaction. As a leading luxury resort in the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi continues to captivate visitors with its unmatched hospitality, breathtaking surroundings, and world-class dining experiences.

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Embark on culinary adventure with Ifuru Island Maldives’ new Social House Theme Nights

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Ifuru Island Maldives has unveiled its latest culinary offering: Social House theme nights, inviting guests to indulge in a gastronomic journey inspired by the world’s oceans. Each night of the week, guests can immerse themselves in a feast of flavours, expertly curated to showcase the diverse cuisines found along the shores of the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Oceans, and beyond.

Monday: Indian Ocean Extravaganza

Kick-start the week with a celebration of Indian and African culinary traditions. Dive into a rich array of fragrant curries, from creamy butter chicken to spicy vindaloo, complemented by tantalising African delicacies such as peri peri chicken and bobotie.

Tuesday: Mediterranean Sea Delights

Transport your taste buds to the shores of the Mediterranean with an array of vibrant dishes bursting with freshness. Indulge in crisp Greek salads drizzled with olive oil, succulent grilled fish seasoned with aromatic herbs, and hearty Moroccan tangines brimming with tender meats and aromatic spices.

Wednesday: South China Sea Fusion

Experience the culinary melting pot of the South China Sea with an enticing fusion of flavors from Thailand, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Delight in the zesty tang of Thai green curry, the savoury satisfaction of Chinese dim sum, the fragrant aromas of Vietnamese pho, and the bold flavours of Filipino adobo.

Thursday: Pacific Ocean Fusion

Embark on a journey across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, where the culinary landscapes of Peru, Japan, Hawaii, and beyond converge. Sample the freshness of Peruvian ceviche, the artistry of Japanese sushi, the vibrancy of Hawaiian poke bowls, and the eclectic flavours of North American and Chilean cuisine.

Friday: Night of the Atlantic Oceans

Experience the best of the Atlantic Oceans with a sumptuous spread of hearty meats and traditional dishes from France, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, and Spain. Indulge in sizzling steaks from Argentina, tender coq au vin from France, feijoada from Brazil, comforting shepherd’s pie from the UK, and flavourful paella from Spain.

Saturday: International BBQ – White Party

Join us for a lively International BBQ featuring a white-themed party, where guests can indulge in a variety of grilled specialties from around the world, set against the backdrop of Ifuru Island’s breathtaking scenery. Indulge in an array of grilled delights from around the globe, from smoky American ribs and juicy Australian prawns to succulent South African braai and tender Argentine asado, all while dressed in your finest white attire.

Sunday: Maldivian & Seafood Extravaganza

Wind down the week with a leisurely afternoon by the pool, accompanied by a feast of Maldivian specialties and fresh seafood delights. Enjoy an array of freshly caught fish, grilled lobster, and savory tuna dishes, alongside traditional Maldivian favorites like mas huni and garudhiya.

“We are thrilled to introduce our Social House theme nights, offering guests a culinary voyage across the world’s oceans where guests can explore the vibrant tastes of the oceans without ever leaving the island,” said Rochelle Kilgariff, General Manager of Ifuru Island Maldives.

“Each evening promises a unique journey that celebrates the rich tapestry of flavors from around the world,” said the Executive Chef of Ifuru Island Maldives.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives invites chocolate lovers to savour sweetness on World Chocolate Day

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi invites chocolate lovers to embark on the ultimate cocoa adventure during World Chocolate Day on July 7th, 2024 while turning up the sweetness with a line-up of exclusive events featuring the Luchie Suguitan, the genius chocolatier and co-founder of Co-Chocolat, a premium chocolate maker based in Dubai.

The day’s festivities will include:

  • Morning Event: Guests will kick start their day with a tantalizing Vegan Chocolate breakfast presentation at Iru restaurant, featuring a variety of delectable creations showcasing Co Chocolat’s artisanal expertise against the stunning Maldivian backdrop.
  • Afternoon Event: In the afternoon, guests can join a Vegan Chocolate Cooking Class Demo Presentation with Luchie. Participants will learn to craft two signature desserts, from rich truffles to elegant soufflés, amidst the island’s picturesque scenery.
  • Evening Event: As the sun sets, indulge in a Vegan Chocolate Dessert presentation during the dinner buffet at Iru restaurant. Luchie will showcase a selection of sumptuous chocolate delights, promising an unforgettable gastronomic experience under the stars.

Luchie Suguitan’s journey to co-founding Co-Chocolat with her sister Eman began with a quest for healthy chocolates. Disappointed by the lack of options during their travels, they ventured to the Philippines to study cacao farming. Their experience led to the establishment of OPM in 2016, supporting Filipino cacao farmers. Today, with the support of 42 impact investors from various countries, Luchie and Eman continue to champion fine cocoa and healthy chocolates through Co-Chocolat. Their dedication to sourcing premium ingredients and promoting sustainable farming practices has not only elevated the chocolate-making process but also created a community-driven brand focused on delivering exceptional taste and nutritional value. Co-Chocolat’s chocolates are crafted in micro-batches, ensuring each piece is a testament to quality and care. By sourcing beans from small-holding farmers who take pride in their produce, the brand not only supports local communities but also ensures the premium quality of its chocolates. With a commitment to transparency and traceability, Co-Chocolat invites consumers to not only indulge in delicious treats but also to support a sustainable and socially responsible chocolate-making process.

“We are thrilled to partner with Luchie Suguitan and Co Chocolat to celebrate World Chocolate Day in true Maldivian style,” said Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “This extraordinary event exemplifies our commitment to delivering exceptional culinary experiences that elevate the senses and create lasting memories for our guests.”

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to embark on a chocolate-filled journey of discovery at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the ultimate chocolate lover’s paradise amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. For more information about the World Chocolate Day celebration or to book your stay please click here.

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