NewsMay 21, 2024

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Brings Home 15 Awards From Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge 2024

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives shone brightly at the 2024 Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge, bringing home 15 awards and affirming the resort’s excellence and commitment to curating exceptional gastronomic experiences. 

Over three exciting days of culinary action, these chefs battled amongst some of the best chefs in the Maldives over different categories at Maldives National University. The event celebrated the pinnacle of Maldivian and international hospitality with captivating exhibits of final dishes at Dharubaaruge, Male. 


Seaside Finolhu Maldives took part in 13 categories and proudly brought home 14 medals at this year’s event. With the guidance of their seniors in the culinary team, these aspiring chefs displayed exemplary skills and their passion towards forging flavourful cuisines that assures endless possibilities for their guests’ gastronomical experiences across all dining outlets. 

Competing chefs and their awards: 

Vishwa Malshan won the Top Gold medal in the Young Chef category and Bronze medal in the Creative Salad category. 

Kawsar Miah won the Top Gold medal in the Bread & Pastry Display category.

Chamindu Laksitha won the Silver Medal in the Hot Cooking Beef category and the Bronze medal in the Hot Cooking Poultry category. 

Megahnath Ram Kumar won three Silver medals in the Vegetarian Dish, Hot Cooking – Lobster and Hot Cooking – Lamb categories. 

Nikitha won the Silver medal in the Creative Beverage category. 

Edi Wayan Arista won the Silver medal in the Creative Beverage category.

Sandeep Bandari won two Bronze medals in the Hot Cooking – Fish Fillet and Hot  Cooking – Lobster category. 

Pentameedi Jagadeesh won the silver medal in the Team Challenge category. 

Thilina Fonseka won the Silver medal in the Creative Salad category and a Merit  Award in the Team Challenge category.  

Seaside Finolhu Maldives welcomed the awardees from this year’s event with a grand homecoming organised by the management and fellow islanders, a proud moment for the winning team in assuring Seaside Finolhu’s place in the culinary scene. This is a step towards further enhancing their gourmet dining experience at the resort for all guests in the years to come. 

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