W Maldives resort appoints Chef MO as New Executive Chef

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Chef MO at W Maldives

15 October, 2022

A luxury 5* private island resort W Maldives has announced Chef Mohammed Issa Ali as their new Executive Chef.

Chef MO, a Jordanian born culinary maestro has spent his entire career elevating the gastronomical taste across Middle East. He recently worked with Dukes The Palm, Dubai as Executive Chef where he managed a busy kitchen of 45 chefs, restaurant and bar, and in-room dining for 270 rooms and 260 hotel apartments. Starting at Dukes as Executive Sous Chef in 2016, he was then promoted to Executive Chef at the young age of 33, due to his exceptional leadership skills.

No stranger to luxury hotels, Chef MO has led and rocked kitchens all over the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, including the Shangri-La, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, The Atlantis, and now ready to put W Maldives in flame. “When I originally moved to the UAE from Jordan, I took big leap of faith. It wasn’t without challenges, but it’s where I’ve grown the most professionally and started a family. With me, having this strong crave for new flavors and appetite for more, taking over the kitchens of Maldives has become my next goal allowing me to have some new ingredients to master with. It exhilarates me even more knowing that it will be W Maldives – a luxury island playground packed with special happenings and activations.”

Chef MO’s career started early. At 16 years of age, the Jordanian joined a banquet kitchen with dreams of becoming a professional chef. He was inspired by two of his uncles who would exchange recipes and discuss their tricks in preparing ingredients. “I have no doubt Chef MO has the recipe for success to enhance our resort’s culinary experience. Between his extensive knowledge, leadership skills and ability to nurture talent, there is no better person to lead our kitchen and serve our tables with elevated culinary offerings,” says Idu Ribeiro, General Manager, W Maldives.

Guests can expect the unexpected with W Maldives’ creative dining across four vibrant restaurants and two bar concepts – KITCHEN, international all day dining; FIRE, elevated backyard grill and charcoal dining experience; FISH, signature overwater restaurant serves ocean-to-table gastronomical treats; KADA, Malvidian pop-up dining venue; WET, gourmet poolside bar; and SIP, pulsating outdoor bar with breathtaking sunset views. Beautifully dispersed amongst the island, restaurants and lounges are perfectly positioned for guests to soak in the beauty of the Maldives in every dining experience. Barefoot, surrounded by palm trees and the Indian Ocean, diners are guaranteed fresh seafood, straight from the ocean and dishes bursting with Maldivian flavors.

Located 25 minutes by seaplane from Male’, W Maldives is a private island playground for those seeking exclusivity and appreciation of a luxury lifestyle brand. The island features 77 private escapes and suites, 27 on the beach and 50 overwater. The resort boasts an overwater specialty restaurant FISH®; all-day dining venue KITCHEN®; BBQ restaurant on the beach FIRE®; sunset and pool bar SIP®; WET® pool bar and deck, and Maldivian pop-up café KADA.

The curated vegan menu by celebrity Chef Priyanka will be available at the resort for a period of one year and guests visiting W Maldives from October 20, 2022 onwards would be able to experience this as an additional culinary offering over and above the dining concepts of the resort.

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In luxurious hotels mysteriously named "W", the Starwood group emphasizes a confident, young brand - oriented to design, fashion and music.  Located in the North Ari Atoll, W Maldives offers 77 escapes and suites located both ashore and overwater, including 28 Wonderful Beach Oasis, 46 Fabulous Overwater Oasis, three WOW Ocean Escape and one Extreme WOW Ocean Haven (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). Each chic and spacious escape features infinity plunge pool. There is a mixture of six bars and restaurants at W Maldives. Kitchen, the all-day dining bistro, and Fire, where guests have their choice of four different barbecues, provide menus for everyone’s palate. Swim up to the pool bar Wet and order a light lunch.

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