The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has appointed its new culinary leadership team to oversee the delightfully vast range of dining options at the finest address in the Maldives. Serving more than 20 years in the restaurant and hotel business, Executive Chef Andrea Montuori arrives with Michelin-level experience, exceptional leadership, organisation, and cooking skills that will elevate every culinary offering across the resort.
“Food is a central component of the St. Regis Maldives experience,” said Vincent Pauchon, general manager of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. “We know that every atoll has pristine beaches, crisp blue waters, and we enjoy the same weather – but nobody does food like we do. We have always said with confidence, that no matter your tastes, we have something will delight you during your stay. Chefs Montuori and Kulkarni are so well seasoned, bringing fresh ideas and even fresher ingredients to all our establishments. We are delighted to welcome them to our corner of the archipelago.”
During his two decades in the hospitality sector, Montuori has acquired the skills and experience to take the award-winning resort’s culinary institutions to the next level. His passion was honed through a series of tenures at iconic worldwide five-star luxury properties, including Hotel Hassler Roma, Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, La Réserve Genève Hotel, and One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Prior to The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Montuori was Executive Chef at the five-star Kuda Villingili Resort, Baglioni Resort Maldives, and the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Malta.
Joining Andrea Montuori as Executive Sous Chef, Rahul Kulkarni, respectively, brings extensive culinary experience to the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Chef Kulkarni adds more than 15 years of extensive culinary experience to resort, following his time with a number of iconic properties. His experience includes The St. Regis Mauritius, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan in Abu Dhabi, Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai, La Ville Hotel and Suites in City Walk, Dubai, Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel in Jordan, Constantine Marriott Hotel in Algeria, and Al Habtoor Collection Dubai.
In 2017, he was named “Middle East and Africa Rising Chef of the Year” and was also a recipient of the prestigious ACE awards for culinary excellence in the category of “Global Rising Chef of the Year” for Marriott International worldwide. Rahul has cooked for international dignitaries around the globe, including Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and numerous royal family members of the UAE.
Dining highlights at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort include Crust, a family-friendly pizzeria with fully customisable pizza pies, and Decanter, a discreet, subterranean restaurant with five-course dining and pairings courtesy of the head sommelier. Alternatively, relax with a cocktail at The Whale Bar while watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean, or wander inland and dine at Cargo, located among tropical gardens. For casual dining, enjoy a twist on everyday classics, including burgers and tacos, at Craft. Meanwhile signature restaurant, Alba, presents dishes inspired by locally sourced ingredients for a romantic, alfresco dining.
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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