Huvafen Fushi Scoops Top Awards At Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge, 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:56

The culinary team at multi-award winning Maldivian retreat “Huvafen Fushi” by Per AQUUM scooped thirteen medals out of ten categories including the three major culinary awards – “Top Maldivian Chef”: Saniu Ali Didi, “Most Outstanding Chef”: Nalaka Gayan and “Best Culinary Establishment” at the Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge, 2010.

Led by the extraordinarily talented duo Executive Chef Parana Vithanage and Executive Sous Chef Gaushan de Silva, Huvafen Fushi’s culinary team clearly reigned supreme at this prestigious event.

This is Huvafen Fushi’s first entry into the Hotel Asia Exhibition & Culinary Challenge, which was officially opened by President Mohammed Nasheed and the US Ambassador to the Maldives, Patricia A Butenis. Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge has established itself as a must-attend event for the hospitality industry sector and is regarded as one of the most important industry events in South Asia. Participating countries include India, Sri Lanka, Dubai, US, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, France and Switzerland. Huvafen Fushi beat all participating nations and won Best Lamb Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Maldivian Dish, Best Creative Salad, Best Dessert and Best Poultry.

Alan Palmer, world renowned Chef and Member of the World Association of Chef’s Societies (WACS) was the Chief Judge for the event. Also judging was Chef Otto Weibel, Director of Kitchens from Singapore and other top international Chefs. The certificates issued at the Hotel Asia Exhibition & Culinary Challenge are highly recognised worldwide and are considered major achievements in the industry.

“Per AQUUM prides itself on being a leader in the premium luxury resort business and culinary excellence is something we have excelled in time and time again. We constantly receive outstanding feedback from guests, the media and travel partners alike and today our Huvafen Fushi team were clearly awarded for it,” says CEO of Per AQUUM, Neil Palmer.

Huvafen Fushi is located in the North Malé Atoll and enjoys a pristine private island setting featuring 44 naturally modern bungalows and pavilions, and the world’s first and only underwater spa. With four major dining experiences from all day dining restaurant Celsius, wood fire oven pizzas and pastas from Fogliani’s, wellness cuisine restaurant RAW, global cuisine restaurant SALT, to Vinum the largest cavernous wine cellar in the Indian Ocean, managing company Per AQUUM Retreats · Resorts · Residences is dedicated to delivering an experience beyond each guest’s highest expectations, while remaining dedicated to the sustainable development and resources of the Maldives.

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