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Roberto Belliti appointed as head chef at MANATHAI Koh Samui

Roberto Belliti
Leading boutique resort MANATHAI Koh Samui has appointed Roberto Belliti to lead Waterline Restaurant, the property's new beachfront dining experience. Located opposite a traditional fishing village on Lamai Beach, Waterline is the brainchild of the innovative chef whose career has been populated with art, travel and a love of freedom of expression.

A glimpse of the menu at Waterline reveals a level of creativity and innovation only found in many of the very top restaurants - a menu that is infused with Roberto's deep reverence for nature. Roberto outlined, ‘We are not focusing on healthy food for health's sake. I think we have forgotten how good vegetables taste. There's so much fried, sugar coated, dressed heavily food. What I am trying to do it get ingredients that taste as they are supposed to. We are rediscovering fresh ingredients.’

Growing up in Parma, Italy, where Roberto attended art school with the full intention of becoming an illustrator but fortune played its part early on as the struggling artist went to look for funds to pay his way through college by working in restaurant kitchens where he discovered his love of the culinary arts. At 25 he left Italy to travel throughout Europe, moving to London where he worked at the Hilton Park Lane where he had the opportunity to work with starred and great chefs in the city over a period of eight years. A move to Milan followed where he opened a restaurant named EFF CUCINA E STAGIONI which was awarded the 4th best newcomer restaurant in the city after three months - before his travels took him to Bangkok, Singapore, Phuket and finally to Koh Samui.

The introduction of Roberto’s, healthy and playful attitude to the Waterline Restaurant at MANATHAI will continue to develop and encourage the high level of hospitality that boutique hospitality group MANATHAI strives to achieve.

Waterline Restaurant is open daily from 6pm to 11pm. It is located at MANATHAI Koh Samui on Lamai Beach.

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