Francesco will oversee the food and beverage operations, private dining and create curated dining experiences for all guests In his new position.
Francesco is an experienced chef with over 20 years of culinary experience in the food and beverage industry. He will introduce a new Italian dining concept and revamp the menu to keep traditional methods of cooking combined with fresh seafood from the sea, good quality produce and most importantly maintaining the balance of good taste and flavour.
“Following the Italian tradition of keeping things fresh and simple, guests will also be able to explore and taste traditional Divehi cuisine during their stay,” Francesco was quoted in a statement, as saying.
Born in the charming fishing hamlet of Pizzo, Calabria in 1975, Francesco’s journey started in 1998 when he left his hometown in search of an opportunity as a chef where he would be able to share his love of cooking after learning the traditional art of Italian home-cooking from his grandmother. Francesco honed his skills in the kitchen under Chef Alfredo Prostamo at Il Vicolo where he first became a Commis Chef.
He moved to the Canary Islands in Tenerife, following his passion for food. There he was given the opportunity to manage his kitchen and learn the basics of Spanish cuisine with tapas, paella and grilling fresh seafood. His next adventure took him to Livorno, Italy where he moved up the ranks to become the Head Chef and appeared on national television on ‘Taste of Channel 5’ to showcase his original Italian recipes.
Francesco’s yearn for international experience led him to Dubai and most recently to Phuket where he spearheaded major advancements both in and out of the kitchen as F&B Manager/Executive Chef and as a hotel owner.
“We are delighted to welcome Francesco to Fushifaru Maldives,” Ahmed Siaar, General Manager Fushifaru Maldives, said.
“His knowledge in the kitchen combined with his hands-on approach will allow him to satisfy our guests’ palates and offer unique dining experiences throughout the island.” he added.
Located on the eastern fringe of Lhaviyani Atoll, a 35 minute scenic Seaplane ride away, this little island rests between two channels connecting the atoll's inner lagoon to the outer sea, whilst a large sand bank lies on one side. Fushifaru Kan’du is a national Marine Protected Area. Only a few metres from the island is three major dive sites including the renowned Fushifaru Thila, one of the Maldives most iconic dive spots and a marine cleaning station, where sums of cleaner fish draw in underwater creatures like Manta Rays, Turtles and many more.
Merging Maldivian design and architecture with modern aesthetics, Fushifaru Maldives’ beach and water villas exude a sense of cosiness yet luxurious in space and amenities.
Guests will dine at Korakali for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Raakani Grill for signature Asian recipes with a focus on the finest local varieties of seafood and Fanihandhi Bar for sunrise lounging and sunset cocktails.