Reethi Beach Resort in the Baa Atoll, Maldives welcomes Chef Ann from The Nai Harn in Phuket, Thailand.
Chef Chatchanan Punjasuphachok, better known as Chef Ann, brings the unique flavours of Thai Cuisine to Reethi Beach Resort and its guests. Showcasing her talent from 1st to 11th of May 2022, she will present a full Thai Dinner Buffet at ‘The ‘Rehendhi’ on 6th of May 2022 and transform the resorts’ Saima Garden into a Thai A-la-carte venue on the remaining nights.
From the young age of 10 years onwards, Chef Ann started to help her parents in their family-run restaurant. As a young Chef she climbed up the ranks quickly and was able to work and learn alongside Chef Khun Benz, known from the infamous restaurant ‘The Nest’ at Soneva Kiri, Thailand. She was eager to learn and went into the art of playing with different aromas of spices, creating her own curry pastes.
Since its opening in 2015, Chef Ann is the Head Chef of ‘Cosmo’, the Thai restaurant at The Nai Harn in Phuket, Thailand, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, which is frequented by many tourists and locals alike. It is no wonder that she gained the attention of her international clientele which gave her the opportunity to showcase her talents in other parts of the world such as the Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden, Germany or the Eden Roc in Ascona, Switzerland amongst others.
“We are excited to welcome Chef Ann at Reethi Beach Resort and to extend our culinary offerings during her stay. The recent visit of Chef Salvatore has shown that hosting Visiting Chefs enhances the guest’s experience and enables us to bring a variety of international cuisine into our regular culinary offerings. In times where traveling is still restricted to some parts of the world, this is highly valued by our guests. Our team members are equally excited as they can learn new skills at first hand from them and nourish these possibilities given to them. We are sure that Chef Ann will bring a unique experience to our island,” says Denise Schmidt, Resort Manager at Reethi Beach Resort.
Reethi Beach is located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere resort and has been welcoming guests since 1998. The island is a pioneer in the atoll of sustainable tourism and has recently been awarded the Green Globe Certification, demonstrating the long-term environmental commitments of the Resort. During the upcoming months, manta rays and whale sharks are to be seen around the island including the infamous Hanifaru Bay to which regular excursions are conducted to experience spectacular memories with these gentle giants.
Joy Island hosts first Gourmet Week with Chef Roberto Valbuzzi
Joy Island has successfully hosted its first Gourmet Week appointment with the young and talented Chef Roberto Valbuzzi from 30 September to 9 October 2023.
The well-known Italian television personality Chef Valbuzzi strives to combine contemporary cooking techniques with family-passed culinary traditions to produce culinary masterpieces in the Lake Maggiore region. As a result, he was given the title of Territory Ambassador on the Gambero Rosso 2023/2024 Lombardy guide.
Arrival of Chef Valbuzzi has delighted the guests of Joy Island with a culinary experience that was inspired by Crotto Valtellina, creating menu items that resonates with his artistic persona. Ranging from typical Italian “Sciatt” to dishes that mix tradition and innovation, the aim is above all to enhance Italian food and wine heritage, well represented in Joy Island which even boasts a dairy in the resort.
The Cocoon Collection gastronomic weeks events always pledge an unforgettable culinary experience, loyal to Italian tradition and philosophy but full of creative ideas.
Kandolhu Maldives announces extraordinary collaboration with renowned Chef Yoni Saada
Celebrated for his expertise in Contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Yoni Saada will be gracing the island from 13th -18th November 2023. During his stay, he will be showcasing a series of exclusive culinary events at Olive, one the five enticing restaurants on offer on the island, for our guests on the island.
Yoni Saada, the son, and grandson of esteemed Marais butchers, ventured into the culinary world early on at 19, he started by pursuing studies of cuisine and bakery at Ferrandi in Paris. In 2006, at 25, he opened his very first restaurant “Osmose”, and became renowned after participating in the TV show Top Chef show in 2013. The same year, he opened “Miniatures”, a semi-gourmet restaurant of French tapas. In 2014, his new project “Bagnard” was selected Project of the Year by the Gault & Millau guide. Yoni Saada also received the 2014 Young Talent prize.
This extraordinary collaboration with Chef Yoni Saada continues with the resort’s dedication to creating unforgettable moments for our guests, assuring a culinary experience that stands unparalelled. Moreover, a handpicked array of Chef Yoni Saada’s exceptional creations will become a beloved addition to the Olive menu, extending the opportunity for future guests to relish and savour his culinary mastery long after the exclusive event has concluded.
Hurawalhi Maldives announces exclusive collaborations with Michelin-star Chef Dominik Kappeler
Hurawalhi Maldives, the adults-only paradise located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, is set to welcome Michelin-star Chef Dominik Kappeler to collaborate with Hurawalhi’s very own Executive Chef Harshal Antil to create culinary masterpieces at Hurawalhi’s world famous 5.8 Undersea restaurant.
Chef Dominik Kappeler, chef and owner of Munich’s celebrated dining destination Showroom, was born to a restaurant-owning family and in the culinary world his name is synonymous with excellence and innovation. The bespoke menus will incorporate local ingredients picked from Hurawalhi’s organic gardens and will emphasise Kappeler’s playful style with an elevated twist to inspire discerning palates.
“I am honoured to be the guest chef at Hurawalhi Maldives. The beauty of this tropical paradise is a perfect canvas for our culinary creations,” says Chef Dominik Kappeler, “Collaborating with the talented Chef Harshal Antil and the remarkable team at Hurawalhi promises to be an unforgettable experience, and I am eager to bring a taste of Showroom to the resort.”
Apart from this exciting culinary partnership, Hurawalhi Maldives will host Sommelier Christophe Pelaud showcasing a palette of Moët Hennessy exquisite selection and Sommeliere Dora Dzurjak. Together with Hurawalhi’s resident sommelier team, they will curate a delightful selection of champagnes and wines from around the world to impeccably complement Chef Dominik Kappeler’s menus.
Sommelier Christophe Pelaud is originally from France and travelled all over the world gaining over 35 years of experience including training in several three Michelin star restaurants in Paris. Sommeliere Dora Dzurjak started her career in Budapest’s hospitality scene, today she has over 15 years of professional experience.
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