The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands welcomes Chef Pam for a residency in August

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As part of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ established Masters of Crafts series, the resort is welcoming two culinary experts from 9th to 11th August 2024. The Masters of Crafts series works with the world’s most talented masters of food and drink, wellness, adventure and environmental innovation, and is a curation of considered guest experiences rooted in transformative travel.

Chef Pam Pichaya Soontornyanakij, crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef 2024, will be the first chef to take over the resort’s Summer Pavilion, the Indian Ocean outpost of Singapore’s highly acclaimed Michelin-starred venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. The first, and youngest female chef to receive both a Michelin Star and ‘Opening of the Year’ award from the Michelin guide in the same year, Chef Pam, will present an eight-course tasting menu showcasing her progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine. 

Guests will enjoy an edit of POTONG’s avant-garde dishes with a menu enforced by the decorated chef’s signature 5-Element philosophy and a unique melding of Thai culinary traditions with innovative flavors. Chef Pam commented on the collaboration, “I’m so thrilled to bring POTONG’s flavors to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and to its incredible culinary scene. To be part of the resort’s dedication to culinary excellence and exploration is a real privilege, and to offer this from Summer Pavilion, a restaurant rich in Cantonese culinary heritage, feels a very organic meeting of sensibilities.”

“I hope to bring an element of surprise to guests through my menu. When people think of Thai food, they think of northern, southern, central or north-eastern, but Thai-Chinese is a sub-cuisine. Chinese people have been migrating to Thailand for over 800 years and they’ve brought a lot of food culture with them. I’m excited to showcase my menu – 5 Senses, 5 Elements, A Journey Through Time – in this unique setting, for a truly unparalleled and thought-provoking dining experience.” she added.

In addition, Matteo Cadeddu of Opium, ranked #59 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars, will serve from the resort’s EAU Bar on the 9th and 10th August. Opium, which is frequently named on the extended list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, brings its mixed drinks inspired by “liquid surrealism” to the resort’s Behind the Bar series.