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New Executive Chef at Jumeirah Vittaveli

New Executive Chef at Jumeirah Vittaveli

Dubai, 07 January 2014: Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has appointed Luca Cesarini as its new Executive Chef.

Luca will run Jumeirah Vittaveli’s three main restaurants ‘Mu’, ‘Samsara’ and ‘Fenesse’, ensuring consistent high quality food and service.

Born in Italy, Luca graduated from Erminio Maggia in Stresa, the respected Italian College for Culinary Arts and at the age of 21 he became the Executive Sous-Chef of Il Palio in New York City. He then joined the pre-opening team of the St. Regis Shanghai, China. Previous experience also includes roles as Executive Sous Chef at the Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand and the Pelican Hill Resort in California, USA.

Luca brings an authentic Mediterranean focus on the freshest ingredients and highest quality local produce into the kitchen to exceed guests’ expectations. Also, using experience gained from cooking Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Malay cuisine, Luca is known for adding excitement to traditional flavours by using innovative cooking techniques and modern presentation.  
Graham Kiy, the General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “We are delighted to welcome Luca to the resort. He brings not only a wealth of experience from around the world, but also the kind of creativity that our hotel guests will relish. His reputation for modernising classic cuisine with international flavours will reinforce Jumeirah Vittaveli’s reputation as a must-visit culinary destination in the Maldives.”

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About Jumeirah Vittaveli:

A 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli. Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. Whether beach-side or over-water, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. An inspirational Spa, a well-equipped overwater gymnasium, a children's club and 5 star PADI dive centre mean guests are always able to try something new. 

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. 

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