Vakkaru Maldives to host exclusive culinary experiences with MasterChef Marcel Thiele

Vakkaru Maldives has announced plans to host a series of exclusive culinary experiences with Chef Marcel Thiele.

Chef Marcel, a MasterChef and Spicehunter certified international high-end gastronomy expert, will be at Vakkaru from July 10-13, where he will be hosting a series of exclusive dining experiences and cooking classes with a focus on sustainable and ethical culinary practices.

Chef Marcel has created a bespoke menu for Vakkaru inspired by what he calls the, ‘Mother Earth Principle’. Centred around the Hippocratic belief, “Make the food your medicine before the medicine becomes your food”, the ‘Mother Earth Principle’ follows Dutch cuisine and uses a minimum of 80 per  cent plant-based ingredients and a maximum of 20 per cent animal-based products in each of its dishes.

At Vakkaru, Chef Marcel will incorporate locally sourced organic produce from the island’s very own organic farm.

“Indulge in a bespoke culinary experiences with Chef Marcel Thiele, a certified MasterChef and Spicehunter® & International High-End Gastronomy Expert of Koppert Cress. Take delights in the six-course dinner designed exclusively for Vakkaru Maldives. Using premium yet sustainable ingredients, the menu reinforces the resort’s commitment to developing a sustainable operation through using locally produced ingredients and farm-to-table initiatives,” the resort said, in an announcement.

Located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa atoll and accessible by a 25-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport, Vakkaru is a secluded tropical island resort blessed with timeless ocean views, white sandy beaches and nurtured by nature. The resort offers guests a holistic approach to unassuming luxury and unforgettable experiences. Drawing on the rich traditions of the locale, design elements are focused on traditional Maldivian style and fused with the finest natural elements. The result is the creation of amazing spaces for guests to connect with each other and the environment around them.

Whether travelling on a romantic break or with family and friends, the resort offers a superlative choice of accommodation types, including family rooms. Each of the 125 beach and overwater villas and suites have a natural aesthetic and sense of privacy.

An indulgent selection of dining choices await guests in four restaurants and two bars, with several ingredients hand-picked from the island’s very own organic farm. The beachfront Amaany restaurant specialises in international cuisine, and serves breakfast and dinner. Isoletta overlooks the garden and specialises in Italian cuisine, while Vakku is a beach restaurant that specialises in international cuisine and serves dinner. Overlooking the garden, Onu specialises in Asian cuisine and serves dinner.

Extensive Parrot Fish Club facilities offer tailored activities for children aged between three and 12 years. Indoor play and activity areas have been designed to capture the imagination, and the outdoor exploration space features a children’s pool.

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