The Arrival

Renowned Chef Jeffrey Vella Unveils Culinary Masterpiece, Mediterraneo, at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

MALDIVES – 18 February 2024 : Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is set to enchant the taste buds of discerning connoisseurs with the launch of Mediterraneo by Jeffrey Vella on February 18th, 2024.

Mediterraneo by Jeffrey Vella at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives embodies a sophisticated, raw, and timeless allure. From artful culinary creations to the refined ambience, every element is meticulously curated with finesse, offering a dining experience tailored for those who appreciate life’s finest delights. The homage to nature’s beauty adds a raw essence that extends beyond ingredients, infusing both space and cuisine.

Speaking on the occasion, Chef Jeffrey Vella said, “We love food. We live for food. And, we cannot live without curating and creating new food and drinks. Mediterraneo will indulge all your senses – the everlasting beauty surrounding you, the pristine waters, the fragrant nature of our surroundings and the exquisite aromas of artisanal creations.”

He further adds, “The final goal is to take you on a gourmet journey that tantalises your taste buds, seduces your senses and pampers your palate. Do not be surprised with true art in your glass, as well as on your plate. The untamed beauty of the Maldivian landscape is married with the rich flavours of the Mediterranean. Guests are invited to linger, to savour each bite, and to surrender to the allure of the space. Every moment is an exploration of taste and tranquillity.”

Merging centuries-old traditions with a contemporary touch, Mediterraneo creates an enduring experience that transcends mere gourmet. Rooted in earthy tones and warm textures,

the ambience fosters a connection to nature, enhancing the sensory experience of each culinary


creation. Infused with The Taj’s celebrated flair of hospitality, every moment at Mediterraneo

is enveloped in warmth, comfort, and a sincere commitment to ensuring the finest experiences

for guests.

The launch event on February 18th, 2024, will witness a gala evening filled with delectable cuisine, impeccable service, and the picturesque setting of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives. Esteemed guests will have the opportunity to savour Chef Vella’s signature dishes, each crafted with precision and passion, reflecting the essence of Mediterranean culinary artistry.
Chef Jeffrey Vella’s culinary artistry takes centre stage with an extraordinary menu featuring

standout dishes that redefine luxury dining at Mediterraneo. Noteworthy among these are:

  • Seared scallops, peas, salt baked kohlrabi, smoked lemon gel
  • Classically made risotto, baked potato and pecorino pesto, poached golden raisins
  • Homemade ricotta gnocchi with saffron velouté, confit of Jerusalem artichokes, roasted apple
  • Leek – confit, ashes, emulsion – roasted orange perfumed and pan fried lobster, caper butter
  • Pan-seared tuna with smoked cucumber velouté, aubergine miso and tart
  • Mahi-mahi pan fried with garlic, olive tapenade, butter bean and parsley purée, basil film
  • A tomato collection – barbecued, poached in black cardamom, Bloody Mary, chutney – smoked tomato focaccia
  • Gianduja crémeux miso caramel, coconut ice cream

These exceptional dishes, along with the rest of the meticulously curated menu, promise an

unforgettable dining experience at the launch of Mediterraneo by Jeffrey Vella that will redefine luxury dining in the Maldives, offering a distinctive experience where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean meet the flavours of the Mediterranean. This culinary venture by Chef Jeffrey Vella is set to become a beacon of gastronomic brilliance, inviting guests to indulge in an unforgettable journey of taste and indulgence.

About the Chef:

Jeffrey Vella, born on the tranquil island of Malta, is a culinary virtuoso whose roots in island

tranquillity have profoundly influenced his approach to food and hospitality. Hailing from a family

deeply embedded in the hospitality industry, with ventures ranging from hotels to fishing

vessels, agriculture, and wine-making, Vella inherited a passion for entertaining and embarked

on his own global journey in hospitality. From London to the Middle East and across continents, he has curated a remarkable career. Currently at the helm of Croatia’s top-rated restaurant, Cap

Aureo, for two consecutive years, Vella champions locality and seasonality. Recognized as Chef

of the Year for the past two years, adorned with four hats on Gault Millau, and earning a

Michelin plate, Vella’s culinary prowess and dedication to excellence make him a trailblazer in the world of epicure.

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