Coco Bodu Hithi partners with Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin to host exclusive dinners

Leading Maldives luxury resort Coco Bodu Hithi has partnered with Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin to host two exclusive dinners at the five-star property in October.

In an announcement, parent company Coco Collection said Tom will host the exclusive dinners, which will offer a six-course tasting menu for the resort’s award winning restaurant Aqua. Working alongside the restaurant’s existing team of esteemed chefs, the menu will showcase the best of local ingredients and offer a twist on Maldivian cuisine, reflective of Tom’s renowned cooking style, it added.

According to Coco Collection, Tom will host the dinners during the second week of October, giving guests the chance to experience first-hand his passion for working with only the finest, fresh ingredients to create outstanding, innovative dishes. Tom’s signature dishes will also remain on the menu on a seasonal basis, giving even more guests the opportunity to try flavours inspired by his passion for fine food and seasonality, the company said.

The unique menu will take inspiration from dishes that are much-loved at Tom’s Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin in Edinburgh, but will feature the wonderful produce available on the island.

Speaking of the collaboration Tom said: “Travelling always leaves me feeling inspired to create new dishes – I love having the opportunity to learn about local produce and local cuisines. That’s why I’m thrilled to be bringing my philosophy, knowledge and passion to the luxury resort of Coco Bodu Hithi and having the chance to learn from the expert chefs there.”

“Aqua has an incredible reputation for great seafood in the Maldives and I look forward to working alongside Executive Chef, Steven Hill and his team to try and draw inspiration from the wonderful seafood they have access to. The fresh langoustines, scallops, clams and oysters from Scotland’s shores are among some of my favourite ingredients to work with, so I’m keen to see what the Maldives has to offer.”

The award-winning Aqua restaurant at Coco Bodu Hithi. PHOTO/ COCO COLLECTION

With seven restaurants and bars, Coco Bodu Hithi celebrates and offers a variety of exquisite cuisines, taking inspiration from the Maldives and further afield. Tom’s residency at Aqua comes shortly after the restaurant won the Luxury Seafood Restaurant in the Maldives at the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

Three islands comprise the Coco Collection brand.

Coco Privé Private Island offers guests the chance to escape to an entirely private island. Creating a sense of intimacy and ownership, this 1.4-hectare island is dedicated to one booking at a time, where every guest is given a completely individual tailored experience.

Coco Bodu Hithi translates island life into contemporary sophistication. The resort is a chic retreat where you reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wonder of the natural world.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is dedicated to the inspiring beauty and natural wonder of the Maldives. Here, environmentally-conscious touches are woven into luxurious natural surroundings and initiatives contribute to the environmental and social sustainability of Maldives.

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