Kanuhura Maldives appoints Michele Mingozzi as Executive Chef, opens new sushi bar

Kanuhura Maldives has appointed Michele Mingozzi as its new Executive Chef, as the resort launches a new culinary offering — a new Sushi Swing Bar at IRU Beach.

Chef Michele Mingozzi joins Kanuhura with strong international experience and reputation, having worked at numerous remarkable fine-dining establishments around the world, including two and three Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy, Germany and London. His incredible passion for food and flavour took him to the Philippines, the Middle East, Singapore and Fiji, where he headed the kitchen for the celebrated Laucala Island Resort, owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner and founder of Red Bull energy drink.

Taking over the culinary reign at Kanuhura, Chef Michele will be responsible for the resort’s eight dining outlets as well as numerous destination and special dining locations and experiences. Chef Michele will focus on high-quality, fresh food blended with Maldivian food culture with worldwide food traditions.

Comprising three main restaurants, the culinary concept at Kanuhura aims to add value to the guests’ dining experiences by implementing diverse, smaller dining outlets in different locations set across the island, including the Chef’s Herb Garden where guests can pick fresh ingredients and cook alongside the culinary team while dining under the stars at a ‘secret’ table surrounded by flickering candles at the heart of a gorgeously lush and aromatic herb garden.

The latest addition to Kanuhura’s unique dining experiences is a Sushi Swing Bar at IRU Beach. This boho chic beach bar, made of gypset-style teepees, trademark beaded swing chairs and low-level seating is perfect to watch one of nature’ finest sunsets over the sparkling lagoon accompanied by a fine cocktail or glass of wine before dinner.

Key sushi dishes from the innovative Sushi Swing Bar menu include the sumptuous Champagne Yuzu Lobster roll, Truffle Creamy Lobster Tempura roll and the Waygu Beef roll. Locally sourced tuna is used in the menu, as well as reef fish whenever possible.

Located at the heart of one of the most spectacular Maldives atolls, Kanuhura is considered one of the most iconic barefoot beach resorts in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Mauritius-based hotel and leisure group Sun Resorts, Kanuhura hosted its first guest in 1999.

A USD42 million reimagining of the resort in 2016 has positioned it for the latest trend travellers have identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living. The gypset muse of Kanuhura is Erin Wasson, famous top model and face representant of Maybelline.

The new rooms are luxury villas and suites with unusual elegance and furnished with natural materials with a touch of refinement and modernism. Whether you stay on the sunrise or sunset side of the island, you will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking view of the sea. The water villas have a private terrace with private access to the lagoon.

With its eight restaurants and three bars, Kanuhura will make you discover various cuisines from all over the world such as Italy, Brazil and the Maldives. The chef also provides interactive cookery demonstrations. Those looking for tranquility and well-being will be able to visit Kokaa, the wellness and spa centre for a unique sensual experience uplifting body and mind.

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