Radisson Blu, the upper-upscale brand that delivers personalized service in stylish spaces, has appointed Don Brandi Kumara as the new Executive Chef of Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, Radisson Hotel Group’s first property in the Maldives.
A highly-skilled and experienced culinary professional, Chef Brandi is responsible for overseeing the resort’s three exceptional restaurants, four iconic bars including The Lab Cocktail and Wine Cellar, and in-villa dining.
Starting his kitchen career as a Demi Chef De Partie in 2004, he quickly moved up the ranks, working at five-star hotels in Asia and Middle East. With 17 years of experience under his belt, Chef Brandi has demonstrated his talent at many of the world’s top establishments, including Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and US Oceania Cruises Marina Ship. During his stellar career, Chef Brandi has achieved many prestigious accolades, including Gold Medals in Academic Award Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge in 2011 and 2012.
Achieving the Cookery Management Diploma in Ceylon Hotel School, Srilanka, Chef Brandi was taught to be honest, passionate, caring, and helpful towards others by his hospitable Sri Lankan family. “Attitude is everything, I listen to my heart and do everything with passion that led me to become one of the youngest chefs in the industry”.
He now brings his vision and expertise to Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, where he will delight guests with diverse international cuisine at Raha, the casual dining destination, Alifaan, the Mediterranean grill and seafood restaurant, Eats & Beats, the resort’s chill-out poolside bar, Crusoe’s, an adults-only sanctuary, and Kabuki, the exciting eatery specializing in Nikkei cuisine. He crafts exclusive epicurean occasions at The Lab Cocktail and Wine Cellar. Taking the guests for fun dining in informal settings, Chef and his team host a weekly barbeque dinner on the beach.
In the hands of Chef Brandi, Radisson Blu Resort Maldives will broaden the taste palate with many vegetarian menu options in all dining outlets and add the exciting elements with themed buffets and daily specials. He is ready to welcome guests to Radisson Blu Resort Maldives and transport them on a voyage of culinary discovery.