Outrigger Konotta Maldives to host culinary creations with Michelin-starred Chef James Mackenzie in Jan 2019

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has announced plans to host a series of culinary creations in January 2019 with Michelin-starred Chef James Mackenzie.

Mackenzie is the Head Chef and Proprietor of the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, Yorkshire, England. The restaurant earned its Michelin star in 2010 and has kept it since. Mackenzie’s debut cookbook, On the Menu was released in 2012, and won Best Debut Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.

During his stay at the Outrigger from January 4-14, Mackenzie will hold a cooking class on the beach and present a special five-course wine pairing menu.

Mackenzie says guests at the Outrigger can expect a variation of some of the classics from The Pipe and Glass. These will include Duck Three Ways, Yorkshire Pudding, Forced Yorkshire Rhubarb and a signature fish dish using the fresh catch from around Konotta island.

The inspiration for Mackenzie’s dishes in England comes from the changing seasons and seasonal products such as game dishes in the winter. In the year-round tropical heat of the Maldives, menus are more determined by the supply network of fresh products set up by the Outrigger’s Executive Chef Christopher Long, who is also from Yorkshire.

John Allanson, General Manager at the Outrigger, says that Mackenzie’s well-known restaurant brand along with his reputation in TV, publishing, radio and social media will help build culinary links between the resort and food enthusiasts in the UK.

“People know the Maldives is paradise for nature,” says Allanson.

“However, Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is also a year-round venue for culinary excellence, which is highlighted when we have a Michelin Star guest chef of the calibre of James Mackenzie with us.”

The private island of Konotta is located 340 kilometres to the south of capital Male, and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from the main Velana International Airport to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht.

The award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and the three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury.

Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of the resort’s restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at the Teppan bar whilst drinking in endless ocean views.

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