LUX* South Ari Atoll hosts Super Chef competition to select team for Hotel Asia culinary challenge

Chefs at LUX* South Ari Atoll showcased their skills on Sunday as they once again competed for a chance to represent the resort at the upcoming Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge.

Titled LUX* Super Chef 2018, 10 chefs contested in the Hot Cold Kitchen category while two participated in the Pastry Kitchen category. Participants include Chef De Partie Mazanur Rahman, Commis I Junaddy Petrus, Chef De Partie Deanna Danisa Naidoo, Demi Chef De Partie Welmore Rolex Menguillo, Chef De Partie Marlon Clement Harridge, Chef De Partie Dinesh M Gunarathna M. Mudiyanselage, Commis I Ananda Setiawan, Commis I Parvesh Bisht, Commis I Sanatha Kumara Meegoda Kankanamga, Commis I Ravindra Singha Rana, Chef De Partie Jobelle Duejada Dela Roca, and Commis II Krishna Prasad Pandey.

Participants of LUX* Super Chef 2018 competition. PHOTO/ LUX*

Chef Krishna Prasad Pandey, whose dish also fetched the special Jury’s Award, was crowned the champion. Chef Dinesh M. Gunarathna M. Mudiyanselage secured the second spot as well as the Most Creative Award conferred by the jury, while Chef Welmore Rolex Menguillo finished third.

In addition to the chance to represent LUX* South Ari Atoll at the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge in September, the three were presented with cash prizes from the resort’s management as well as gifts such as tablets and smartphones from suppliers.

During the second edition of LUX* Super Chef competition held at the overwater East Market restaurant, contestants in the Hot Cold Kitchen category were given a black box containing 10 compulsory ingredients, including salmon, scallops, fennel seeds, tenderloin, cauliflower and potato amongst others, for the starter and the main course. For the contestants in the Pastry Kitchen category, compulsory ingredients for the dessert consisted of white chocolate, cream cheese, passion fruit, vanilla and sweet paprika powder, while they were allowed to use any ingredient of their choosing to make the bread.

A contestant during the LUX* Super Chef 2018 competition. PHOTO/ LUX*

All the contestants were given three and a half hours to plan, prepare and cook their two courses, with each asked to produce four plates per course; two for blind judging, one for the show table and one for the chef’s judging.

In addition to two chefs in the kitchen who analysed cooking techniques, hygiene and work flow on the spot, an eight-member judging panel was presented with the final dishes for blind judging based on taste, texture and presentation.

Jury members evaluate the dishes prepared during LUX* Super Chef 2018 competition. PHOTO/ LUX*
Jury members evaluate the dishes prepared during LUX* Super Chef 2018 competition. PHOTO/ LUX*

At the closing ceremony, General Manager Jonas Amstad hailed the enthusiasm shown by the team to successfully organise the competition for the second year. He stressed on the need to continuously improve individual skills of each team member.

“We are pleased to have hosted this event setting a benchmark for our group and other properties. We aim to take this to a higher level next year in which both properties of LUX* in the Maldives will participate. Our team is happy to share their talents. We will be sending the winners of this event to the Asia Culinary Challenge in August 2018,” Jonas said.

General Manager Jonas Amstad (R) poses for a photo with one of the winners of LUX* Super Chef 2018 competition. PHOTO/ LUX*

This year’s edition of the Hotel Asia exhibition is scheduled to be held from September 10-12 with the culinary challenge taking place from September 9-12 at the main Dharubaaruge convention centre in capital Male. The culinary challenge has established itself as the premier culinary event in the Maldives, attracting chefs from local and international resorts whose work and creativity are evaluated by experts, including celebrated chefs from the world over.

Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbours are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

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