Six Senses launches ‘Slow Life Cooking’

Guest Writer

Six Senses Bangkok Hub - 9th March 2010:   Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili by Six Senses have long been pioneers in their celebration of Slow Life and Slow Life Cooking. Both Maldivian resorts along with their new sister, Soneva Kiri in Thailand, have organic gardens, world class chefs and take enormous pride in offering the freshest of ingredients, sourced locally and cooked to perfection.

This year Soneva by Six Senses is launching The Slow Life Cooking ‘Thairi’. Starting with renowned chef, Atul Kochhar – the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star – named chefs from some of the most famous restaurants in the world have been invited to the resorts, to cook for guests but also to judge the existing standard of cuisine on offer. At the end of their stay, the chefs will be invited to award a ‘thairi’, the Maldivian word for star, and an independent panel will be notified with the result. A ‘thairi’ may not be forthcoming, there may be more than one, but the ‘thairi’s’ will be awarded following strict guidelines, with a rating system designed by a jury of independent chefs. To ensure complete objectivity and element of surprise, Soneva Repeater guests will also secretly be invited to cast their vote. The results will be announced bi-annually.

Atul Kochhar, on a brief sabbatical from Benares, his award winning restaurant in London, will be at Soneva Gili between the 23rd and 26th of March. He will cook a five course degustation menu for guests to enjoy at candle lit tables on the beach and meet and greet guests at a sunset cocktail party on Soneva Gili’s One Palm Island.

And that’s not all. Resident Sri Lankan Chef, Sanjeeva Ranasinghe will then challenge Chef Kochhar to create a zero carbon, slow life menu for guests, using only local products, fish caught in the lagoon and vegetables grown in the resort’s own organic garden.

In April, Christine Manfield, highly-regarded Australian chef, author and gastronomic traveler, will be visiting Soneva Gili and later in the year, sushi chef (although she uses no fish) Tracey Griffith, sister of Melanie, following the launch of her latest unique product ‘Sushi American Style’.

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