Noku Maldives has welcomed its new Executive Chef Mohammed Tarique Aziz.
Born and raised in West Bengal, India, he was inspired by his father’s willingness to cook for the family after his mother’s vision started to fail. During that time, his interest and desire for improvement led him to enrol into a hotel management college programme in India.
Upon graduation, Chef Tarique embarked on his first culinary journey at Le Meridien Hotel in Bangalore in 2006. He started off as a kitchen executive at the age of 21 and was promoted to Chef De Partie after two years of hard work. During this time, he had the opportunity to work alongside two decorated Michelin-starred chefs: Denial Chamnon, who was renowned for French cuisine, and popular Italian Chef Botrini.
Chef Tarique further challenged himself with his first overseas stint at the Cove Rotana Resort and Spa Res Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. As part of the pre-opening hotel team, he gained a lot of experience and honed his culinary and plating skills further.
Chef Tarique continued to undertake more roles in different hotels and resorts, and was promoted to the ranks of Sous Chef De Cuisine, Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef De Cuisine.
During his tenure in the Middle East, Chef Tarique became an honorary member of various culinary associations like SR, Saudi Arabian Chefs Table Circle, and Workchefs WACS (World Association of Chef Societies). He also received “The Best Restaurant in Doha” award at the BBC Good Food – Middle East Awards in 2014. Amongst his esteemed guests served are members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia and Doha.
Even with 13 years of exposure in India, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Gambia and now Maldives, modern and classic French cuisine remains close to his heart.
“We are delighted to have Chef Tarique as the Executive Chef of Noku Maldives. I am very sure with his culinary expertise, guests will have their taste buds tantalise with the Asian, Maldivian, French cuisine that he will put together and made available to guests at Palms & Thari Restaurant,” Justin Heng, General Manager at Noku Maldives, was quoted in a statement, as saying.
Located on the island of Kuda Funafaru in the northern Noonu atoll, Noku Maldives is accessible by a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport.
Nestled amidst luscious tropical greenery and enveloped by a peaceful blue lagoon are 20 beach villas and 30 overwater villas. Each spacious unit is designed to offer utmost privacy and fitted with modern amenities to provide comfort. The refined elegance of each villa with its soft white hues and dark wood accents complement the beauty of nature seen through large bay windows and french doors.
The spacious beachfront Palms Restaurant serves up à la carte and buffet-style dining, while the menu of Thari Restaurant features elements of Thai, Japanese and Singaporean cuisine — flavourful tastes of the countries where Noku hotels are located in. The Palms Bar allows guests to indulge in refreshing cocktails that blend Eastern and Western influences. Guests can also have a thirst quenching beverage from the Thari Bar and lounge at the large main pool area.
Embracing nature is an integral aspect of the wellness programme at Noku Maldives. Rejuvenation begins with a beautiful garden walkway leading up to six double treatment suites with a relaxing view of the ocean. Each treatment room is thoughtfully designed as a sanctuary where stone and wooden accents achieve a deep sense of calm and relaxation. The wellness treatments use natural ingredients to enhance total wellbeing.
The pristine location of Noku Maldives houses a thriving marine ecosystem that includes dolphins, rays and populous fish diversity. Professional dive instructors at the resort’s dive centre will show guests the rich diversity of marine life suitable for all levels of experiences. Guests can also catch the light ocean breeze on a chartered catamaran, or feel the adrenaline rush while riding the waves on a jet ski or windsurfing activities.