Francesco Cavarretta has been appointed as the new Director of Food & Beverage at Fushifaru Maldives. In his new position, he will oversee the food and beverage operations, private dining and create curated dining experiences for all guests. Francesco is an experienced chef with over 20 years of culinary experience in the food and beverage industry.

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.

Following his passion for food, he moved to the Canary Islands in Tenerife where he was given the opportunity to manage his kitchen and learnt 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 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 recently Phuket where he spearheaded major advancements both in and out of the kitchen as F&B Manager/Executive Chef and as a Hotel Owner.

At Fushifaru Maldives, Francesco 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 Maldivian cuisine during their stay,” said Francesco.

Commenting on the new appointment, Ahmed Siaar, General Manager Fushifaru Maldives, said, “We are delighted to welcome Francesco to Fushifaru Maldives. 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.”

The exquisite island of Fushifaru is home to an extraordinary landscape above and below the waterline and opened in October 2017. For more information about Fushifaru Maldives, visit fushifaru.com.