Soneva is set to welcome back Japan’s youngest three-starred Chef Kenji Gyoten to Soneva Fushi in Maldives four times this year and once in 2020.
As part of the world-leading luxury resort operator’s Festival of Colour, which runs from February 2018 to December 2019, Chef Gyoten will be at Soneva Fushi from March 25 to April 1, from April 27 to May 6, from August 13 to 24 and from November 10 to 17, and from January 31 to February 16, 2020.
During his time at Soneva Fushi, Chef Gyoten will be at So Hands On, Soneva Fushi’s sushi counter located in the overwater dining destination Out of the Blue. It seats just five diners and is said by some to offer the best sushi outside of Japan. The countertop is made from Hinoki, a Japanese pine that is commonly used for sushi counters, that has been polished with sake. The concept behind So Hands On is to create an intimate dining experience presided over by some of the world’s best sushi chefs for lovers of Japanese cuisine
Chef Gyoten was born in 1982 in the Yamaguchi Prefecture and was influenced by his grandfather, a sushi chef, into becoming a sushi chef himself. After working underneath his mentors in Tokyo, the chef opened Sushi Gyoten in Fukuoka at the age of 26, and has received three Michelin stars in three consecutive years since 2014.
Chef Kenji is known for using the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Endomae nigiri to prepare his bite-sized sushi – a technique that is rarely seen these days. At Sushi Gyoten, the chef uses rice that has been sourced from a region in Kyushu, where there are extreme temperature differences between night and day for its unique flavour. He sources his seafood both locally and from the renowned Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo to ensure he only serves the very best.
In February 2018, Soneva launched its first ever two year-long campaign known as the Festival of Colour to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world champion freedivers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all its resorts.
In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury.
Sixty-two private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.
Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, six different restaurants and countless destination dining options. In November 2015, Soneva launched a floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a treasure trove children’s Den and a multi-purpose facility encompasses a glass gallery, boutique and studio where guests can learn the art of glass blowing.
If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.