Coco Bodu Hithi to welcome Chef Johnny Gu in March

Coco Bodu Hithi is set to welcome Chef Johnny Gu from Shanghai this March.

Chef Johnny will be hosting two exclusive dinners at Aqua restaurant, as well as a very special masterclass for guests.

Chef Johnny is the Executive Chef at Lilac Family Cuisine, a fine-dining restaurant based at the Le Sun Chine Hotel Shanghai, a member of Relais & Châteaux.

Johnny began his culinary career in 1996, working at the first international five-star hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. It was here that he was taught by Chef David Yip, the renowned Chinese master chef who has won a Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

In 2002, Johnny joined Nobel House, a top seafood restaurant chain as their Executive Chef. In 2010, he worked alongside Michelin-starred chefs Gianni D’amato from Italy and Toni Morwald from Austria on several high-end dinner events.

Johnny has appeared as a judge on the popular Shanghai SMG TV show, Runway Chef, in 2016. In 2017, he served on the judging panel of the Food and Hotel China International Competition.

Coco Bodu Hithi, the flagship property in Coco Collection’s portfolio, is a chic retreat where you reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wonder of the natural world. Translating island life into contemporary sophistication, the resort, which is accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport, offers 100 villas that are surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves.

With seven restaurants and bars, Coco Bodu Hithi celebrates and offers a variety of exquisite cuisines, taking inspiration from the Maldives and further afield.

An award-winning wellness zone on stilts over the clear water, Coco Spa is a sanctuary for the soul. Mindful of the healing properties of nature and the ocean, the spa is designed to retreat for an escape, whether a massage in one of the eight treatment rooms or yoga on the pavilion overlooking the ocean and beach. With a range of products from the Paris label Thémaé combining the healing properties of tea, therapists at Coco Spa are trained in techniques to treat the mind, body and soul. An overwater gym within the zone inspires guests to keep up with their regime of active well ness when away on a holiday.

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