NewsJune 11, 2024

Chef Ricky Rimenda Elevates Culinary Scene at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives is making an impact in the culinary world, thanks to the expertise and innovation of its Executive Chef Ricky Rimenda. Known for his distinctive fusion cuisine, Chef Ricky’s journey in the culinary arts began in the early 2000s, when he trained in renowned European restaurants under Michelin-starred chefs. 

His experience and passion for diverse culinary traditions have shaped his unique cooking style, which he brings to the forefront at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.


A Culinary Journey Across Continents

Chef Ricky’s career has taken him to high-end establishments across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. At Nasimi Restaurant and Beach Club, Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, he had the opportunity to cater to an impressive list of celebrities and royalty, including Van Persie, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Alessandro Del Piero, and Kate Moss. His skills earned him a spot as one of the top 10 chefs in the Middle East and a finalist position in the Taste New Zealand Chef Competition UAE 2013.

Accolades and Achievements

In 2018, Chef Ricky led his team to win the “Best Restaurant” accolade at the Global Gourmet Summit, a testament to his leadership and culinary prowess. His innovative dishes and expertise have been featured in several prominent culinary magazines and television shows. Chef Ricky has also contributed to various cookbooks, sharing his culinary insights and unique recipes.

During his tenure at Shangri-La Abu Dhabi, several restaurants under his leadership achieved award-winning status:

  • Best All-Day Dining at What’s On Award Abu Dhabi 2021
  • Best All-Day Dining at Fact Abu Dhabi 2019
  • Highly Commended for Best Afternoon Tea at Time Out Abu Dhabi 2019
  • Winner of French Restaurant at BBC Good Food and Fine Dining Restaurant 2020
  • Winner of French Restaurant at BBC Good Food Abu Dhabi 2019
  • Best French Restaurant at Fact Abu Dhabi 2019

Sustainability and Mentorship

Chef Ricky strongly advocates for sustainability, emphasising the use of locally sourced ingredients and eco-friendly practices in the kitchen. He has also played a pivotal role in mentoring young chefs and nurturing the next generation of culinary talent. His signature dishes, which blend traditional and contemporary elements, have been highly praised by critics and food enthusiasts.

Under Chef Ricky’s guidance, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives continues to set new standards in culinary excellence, making it a premier destination for gourmet dining in the Maldives.