Medium Rare Restaurant at Beach House Iruveli presented with “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator

Beach House Iruveli – Located on a remote island in the midst of Haa Alif atoll, The Beach House Iruveli is a Maldivian treasure shaped by its stunning natural setting. Long recognised as an idyllic haven of luxury and relaxation, The Beach House has now been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading food and wine destinations, with its signature restaurant Medium Rare recently awarded the 2013 “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator, USA.

Presented to restaurants with winning combinations of fine food and wine, the Award of Excellence is an internationally recognised accolade, created by one of the most celebrated wine magazines in the world. Specialising in a selection of local seafood and fine meats, Medium Rare is led by Chef Shanmuganathan Marimuthu, a gastronomical expert with over 21 years of experience working in five star kitchens. He is joined by Resident Sommelier Stanley whose previous work has included Chief Sommelier posts at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, Taj Exotica Maldives and Banyan Tree Seoul and it this particular pairing of creative talents that has been credited as the special ingredient that won this award.

The Award of Excellence joins a host of recognition for Chef Shan, who is known for his signature style of fusing regional twists with traditional cuisine and has previously been awarded the Park Hyatt Malt Pairing City Trail award in 2012 and Sous Chef (UAE) Chef of the Year’s in 2008. Currently Sommelier Stanley’s extensive wine list at Beach House Iruveli carries over 380 labels with both Old World classics from France, Italy and Spain and New World wonders. Sommelier Stanley personally develops the collection and ensures there is always a diverse selection of labels and different wine making styles on offer.

“We’re proud to offer guests a variety of wine related events during their stay at the resort including bespoke wine tasting sessions and a spectacular Italian themed ‘Cantinetta Experience’ in our underground wine cellar. The culinary vision that Chef Shan brings to Medium Rare is certain to help guide future wine programmes here at Beach House Iruveli forward” commented Sommelier Stanley.

On Medium Rare evolving under the direction of Chef Shan, Sommelier Stanley comments “He inspires not only the culinary team but also me in terms of discovering the marriage between the dishes and wines. Working together, our pairing focuses on parallel flavours, aromas and divergent notes in order to achieve perfect harmony to accompany the culinary art from the kitchen”.

Chef Shan says of the award, “Working at Medium Rare has been a dream; based on a beautiful beachfront on one of the most beautiful areas of the Maldives – every day is like waking up in paradise. But getting to enjoy this job and for Sommelier Stanley and I to be awarded with such a prestigious award for doing it is unbelievable. I am delighted that we have brought the Spectator’s stamp of approval to our perfect island, and hope that it is the first of many.”

Launching next month, Sommelier Stanley will be hosting Gastrology with Chef Shan,  a progressive four-course wine matching dinner  which takes guests on a journey throughout a number of the resort’s dining outlets . Starting with canapés and Champagne, Sommelier Stanley will unveil some of his favourite tipples in the Wine Cellar before leading guests to the Asian inspired Saffron Restaurant for entrées. The gourmet adventure will continue at Medium Rare for Iruveli’s signature main course before finishing at Salt Water with a chocoholic buffet.

Gastrology will launch in September 2013 and will be available for groups of six or above.

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