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99575 20 Feb 2020

Vakkaru Maldives names Chef Bruno Cerdan as Culinary Director

The seasoned Chef brings 30 years of experience to lead the luxury Maldivian property’s renowned culinary journey

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 2020 – The picturesque reef island resort, Vakkaru Maldives, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chef Bruno Cerdan as Culinary Director.

Cerdan began his career thirty years ago in his native France. He graduated from the prestigious École Hôtelière in Nice and commenced his career in the two Michelin Star Carlton Hotel in Cannes. After some time at the three Michelin Star Moulin de Mougins, Cerdan traversed the world from London to Toronto before arriving in Australia, where he took up his first Executive Chef position in Melbourne at the Hotel Windsor Oberoi.

On his appointment, Chef Bruno states, “The property, along with its outstanding dining outlets, is so special and I am excited to be a part of it. I want to bring a unique experience to all of the resort’s guests and working with such a passionate team, I am sure that we can bring these beautiful experiences to life.”

From Melbourne, Cerdan moved to Mauritius before heading to New Delhi, where he ran two of the city’s most highly regarded kitchens at The Oberoi and The Imperial, then also producing his first book, Aphrodisiac Cuisine. After New Delhi, Cerdan landed on the shores of Dubai and the One & Only Royal Mirage, spending twelve years as Executive Chef and finalized a second book, Hot & Cold.

Following his spell in Dubai, Cerdan travelled to Colombo with Cinnamon Grand and most recently at the Ritz Carlton Bangalore before settling at Vakkaru Maldives.

“I am extremely pleased that Chef Bruno will be joining us at Vakkaru Maldives and I am sure that the team will all welcome him with open arms into the Vakkaru family. I trust that his extensive portfolio of experience will shine as he settles into his new role.”, Nicholas Mason, General Manager at Vakkaru Maldives, comments.


About Vakkaru Maldives

A secluded tropical island resort in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll, a scenic 30 minutes north of Male International Airport by seaplane, award-winning Vakkaru Maldives offers guests a holistic approach to unassuming luxury and cherishable experiences as you discover the warmth and affection of its people.

Blessed with timeless ocean views, white sandy beaches and nurtured by nature, the resort boasts an extensive selection of accommodation featuring 113 contemporary beach and overwater villas and suites with Maldivian rustic charms. A selection of indulgent dining choices from across the world are served in four restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, specializing in global cuisine with Maldivian twist, Italian, Japanese, Southeast Asian as well as luxury beach grill.

Engaging experiences abound for everyone, every day at Vakkaru Maldives with a variety of water sports and excursions await at Splash, two tennis courts and a badminton court at the Sports Fields, recreational activities at Coconut Club, Parrotfish Club for children below 12 years of age, 24/7 overwater gymnasium with personal trainer as well as pampering head to toe treatments at Merana Spa.

Vakkaru Maldives has become the latest addition to Global Hotel Alliance's (GHA) award-winning DISCOVERY loyalty program under the curated "Ultratravel Collection" that features premium brand of exceptional hotels and resorts from around the world, hand-picked for the most discerning travellers. DISCOVERY has three membership levels: Black, Gold and Platinum which rewards members with exclusive benefits, including room upgrades and complimentary access to Local Experiences for exceptional travel adventures that immerse in the rich culture and traditions of each destination.


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