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Vakkaru Maldives will welcome Chef Marcel Thiele to the island mid-July to host a series of exclusive dining experiences and cooking classes. A certified MasterChef and SPICEHUNTER® & International High-End Gastronomy Expert of KOPPERT CRESS, Marcel has visited over 82 countries to create bespoke culinary experiences, sharing his culinary wisdom with guests all around the world.

With a focus on sustainable and ethical eating, Marcel has created a bespoke menu for Vakkaru inspired by what he calls the “Mother Earth Principle”. Centred around the Hippocratic belief ‘make the food your medicine before the medicine becomes your food’, the ‘Mother Earth Principle’ follows Dutch cuisine and uses a minimum of 80% plantbased ingredients and a maximum of 20% animal-based products in each of its dishes.

Designed exclusively for Vakkaru, the six course ‘Spice Hunter’ menu includes gastronomical delights such as ‘Vegan Oyster’, ‘Red Wagyu Bull’: dry aged beef with a black barbacoa spice served with baby carrots, red radishes and olive oil, and ‘Mother Earth’: avocado with Valhorna Manjari chocolate and an orange liqueur. Cleansing the palette, diners will enjoy a refreshing cocktail ‘Gin Grasshopper’: combining gin, lemon juice, orange juice and jasmine blossom, guests can cleanse the palette and feel rejuvenated.

The menu can be served sweet or salty, as a series of mini dishes or as a full course meal. Using luxurious yet fresh ingredients, the menu reinforces Vakkaru’s commitment to developing a sustainable business through using locally produced ingredients and through their farm-to-table initiatives.

To coincide with this bespoke menu, Marcel will host exclusive dining events and cooking classes for guests at Vakkaru. On the 10th July, Marcel will host a one-off cooking class at Vakkaru’s Organic Farm before hosting a series of exclusive dinners from the 11th-13th July at Onu, Vakkaru’s authentic South East Asian restaurant.