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Diamonds Athuruga, Thudufushi to host gourmet culinary event with Jeunes Restaurateurs chefs

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Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi is set to host another edition of Dining with the Stars, a gourmet event that brings the star chefs of the Jeunes Restaurateurs to the kitchens of the exclusive resorts.

From January 1 to April 8, 2018, every week and in each resort, a different chef from the Jeunes Restaurateurs will be performing a gourmet dinner, a mini cooking course, a four hands dinner with the resort’s executive chef and a show cooking.

  • Gourmet dinner: Enjoy a gourmet dinner with a chef from the Jeunes Restaurateurs. The gala dinner is included in the all-inclusive formula for the Water Villa guests in both Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi.
  • Mini cooking course: Learn to cook new delicacies during your holidays with a chef from the Jeunes Restaurateurs, coming from all over the Europe to entertain guests with a mini cooking course. You will learn new recipes in the middle of Indian Ocean with star chefs.
  • Four hands dinner: One night per week, the Jeunes Restaurateurs chef will prepare a four hands dinner together with the famous and very appreciated executive chef Giacomo Gaspari. The initiative is available for Diamonds Athuruga and Diamonds Thudufushi.
  • Show cooking: Join the weekly show cooking with one of the chefs from Jeunes Restaurateurs. Each chef will be performing in each of resort’s Main Restaurant, to entertain guests with real time culinary experiences with an unforgettable show.

Parent company Planhotel Hospitality Group’s Dining with the Stars initiative, now in its fourth year, continues to grow and expand: 42 chefs of the Jeunes Restaurateurs, from all over Europe, bring their culinary art excellence to the enchanting Diamonds Resorts’ tropical locations of the Athuruga and Thudufushi islands in the Maldives.

Diamonds Athuruga is a luxury all-inclusive paradise located in the magnificent Ari Atoll, at just 20 minutes flight from the main Velana International Airport. It is the ideal resort to discover the Maldives from a centre of excellence, where attention to detail will make your journey unforgettable. Be prepared to enjoy unique dishes, prepared by famous Chefs like Marcello Trentini, David Heine and many others.

Diamonds Thudufushi is a lavish all-inclusive resort situated in the Ari Atoll at just 20-minute scenic seaplane flight away from the airport. Come and discover this unique culinary experience, with the participation of starred chefs such as Ernesto Iaccarino and other Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe like Daniel Lehmann, Alain Alders and many others, which will make your stay an unforgettable one.

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Joy Island hosts first Gourmet Week with Chef Roberto Valbuzzi

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Joy Island has successfully hosted its first Gourmet Week appointment with the young and talented Chef Roberto Valbuzzi from 30 September to 9 October 2023.

The well-known Italian television personality Chef Valbuzzi strives to combine contemporary cooking techniques with family-passed culinary traditions to produce culinary masterpieces in the Lake Maggiore region. As a result, he was given the title of Territory Ambassador on the Gambero Rosso 2023/2024 Lombardy guide.

Arrival of Chef Valbuzzi has delighted the guests of Joy Island with a culinary experience that was inspired by Crotto Valtellina, creating menu items that resonates with his artistic persona. Ranging from typical Italian “Sciatt” to dishes that mix tradition and innovation, the aim is above all to enhance Italian food and wine heritage, well represented in Joy Island which even boasts a dairy in the resort.

The Cocoon Collection gastronomic weeks events always pledge an unforgettable culinary experience, loyal to Italian tradition and philosophy but full of creative ideas.

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Kandolhu Maldives announces extraordinary collaboration with renowned Chef Yoni Saada

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Celebrated for his expertise in Contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Yoni Saada will be gracing the island from 13th -18th November 2023. During his stay, he will be showcasing a series of exclusive culinary events at Olive, one the five enticing restaurants on offer on the island, for our guests on the island.

Yoni Saada, the son, and grandson of esteemed Marais butchers, ventured into the culinary world early on at 19, he started by pursuing studies of cuisine and bakery at Ferrandi in Paris. In 2006, at 25, he opened his very first restaurant “Osmose”, and became renowned after participating in the TV show Top Chef show in 2013. The same year, he opened “Miniatures”, a semi-gourmet restaurant of French tapas. In 2014, his new project “Bagnard” was selected Project of the Year by the Gault & Millau guide. Yoni Saada also received the 2014 Young Talent prize.

This extraordinary collaboration with Chef Yoni Saada continues with the resort’s dedication to creating unforgettable moments for our guests, assuring a culinary experience that stands unparalelled. Moreover, a handpicked array of Chef Yoni Saada’s exceptional creations will become a beloved addition to the Olive menu, extending the opportunity for future guests to relish and savour his culinary mastery long after the exclusive event has concluded.

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Hurawalhi Maldives announces exclusive collaborations with Michelin-star Chef Dominik Kappeler

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Hurawalhi Maldives, the adults-only paradise located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, is set to welcome Michelin-star Chef Dominik Kappeler to collaborate with Hurawalhi’s very own Executive Chef Harshal Antil to create culinary masterpieces at Hurawalhi’s world famous 5.8 Undersea restaurant.

Chef Dominik Kappeler, chef and owner of Munich’s celebrated dining destination Showroom, was born to a restaurant-owning family and in the culinary world his name is synonymous with excellence and innovation. The bespoke menus will incorporate local ingredients picked from Hurawalhi’s organic gardens and will emphasise Kappeler’s playful style with an elevated twist to inspire discerning palates.

“I am honoured to be the guest chef at Hurawalhi Maldives. The beauty of this tropical paradise is a perfect canvas for our culinary creations,” says Chef Dominik Kappeler, “Collaborating with the talented Chef Harshal Antil and the remarkable team at Hurawalhi promises to be an unforgettable experience, and I am eager to bring a taste of Showroom to the resort.”

Apart from this exciting culinary partnership, Hurawalhi Maldives will host Sommelier Christophe Pelaud showcasing a palette of Moët Hennessy exquisite selection and Sommeliere Dora Dzurjak. Together with Hurawalhi’s resident sommelier team, they will curate a delightful selection of champagnes and wines from around the world to impeccably complement Chef Dominik Kappeler’s menus.

Sommelier Christophe Pelaud is originally from France and travelled all over the world gaining over 35 years of experience including training in several three Michelin star restaurants in Paris. Sommeliere Dora Dzurjak started her career in Budapest’s hospitality scene, today she has over 15 years of professional experience.

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