Finolhu Baa Atoll appoints Chef Emmanuel Soares as Culinary Director

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29 April, 2023

One of the best Maldives resort Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll has appointed Emmanuel Soares as the resort’s new Culinary Director. A passionate and award-winning chef, Emmanuel’s 35 years of experience in the restaurant, catering and hotel business have seen him hold prominent positions in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Born in France, Emmanuel is also fluent in Portuguese and English, with conversational proficiency in Spanish and Russian. He holds a Certificate in Food Service Management from Cornell University in the US. Defining his professional outlook, Emmanuel says the chefs who influenced him the most were those who focused on the essence of the ingredients and products with a balance between simplicity and creativity.

On taking up his new role with Finolhu, Emmanuel stated, “I’m excited to join a dynamic team with a strong emphasis on quality and guest experience, with a multi-cultural background and no compromises on quality.”

Emmanuel graduated in Paris with the highest rank of BTS in hospitality, following his final steps as a student of the prestigious Cornell University. He started first essential culinary experience at the age of 15 at a noble Trianon Palace (today Waldorf Astoria), in the restaurant with 2 stars Michelin ”Les Trois Marches” in Versailles under the mentoring of legendary Chef Gérard Vié. During his career path, Emmanuel developed his experience by working in the most prestigious places in Paris: Relain du Parc, Le Doyen, The Ritz Club. Café de France, Le Chapeau Gris with internationally recognised Chefs like – Alain Ducasse, Ghislaine Arabian and Michele Roth, (MOF).

Emmanuel really started being noticed in the circle of “cuisine bourgoise’ when executing his significant culinary service to leaders such as  Ambassador Sergio de Amaral (Brazil), Family Ricard (France) and Nicolas Sarkozy (French President 2007-2012). His approach to international hospitality management and culinary expertise brought a new vision and excellence to food & beverage concepts in more than 12 countries for multi-award winning resorts in ultra-luxury segment as: One & Only Reethi Rah (Maldives), Jumeirah (UAE), La Réserve (Switzerland), Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club (Bahamas), Opera Hotel & Donbass Palace (Ukraine), First IHG (Portugal) and Kenzi (Morocco).

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About Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives: Owned and managed by Seaside Collection, Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives, is a luxury island resort renowned for its two-kilometre white powdery beaches that stretch out across four islands. Firmly established as one of the finest resorts in the Maldives, Finolhu - meaning sandbank in Dhivehi - consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas (more than half with a private pool), four restaurants and an array of activities, every day on Finolhu’s island playground is as varied as the coral reef landscape of the Baa Atoll. Whilst popular with honeymooners, the extensive resort which is set in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is also family-friendly, with a kids’ club and world-famous entertainment. For more information about Finolhu Baa Atoll, visit or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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