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Kanuhura, Maldives announces new Executive Chef and Sushi Bar opening

Michele Mingozzi
Michele Mingozzi and the launch of a new culinary offering – the new Sushi Swing Bar at IRU Beach
Chef Michele Mingozzi joins Kanuhura, Maldives with strong international experience and reputation, having worked in numerous remarkable fine-dining establishments around the world, including two and three Michelin star restaurants in Italy, Germany and London. His incredible passion for food and flavour took him to the Philippines, the Middle East, Singapore and Fiji, where he headed the kitchen for the celebrated Laucala Island Resort, owned by Mr. Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner and founder of ‘Red Bull’.


Taking over the culinary reign at Kanuhura Maldives, Chef Michele will be responsible for the resort’s eight dining outlets as well as numerous destination and special dining locations and experiences. Chef Michele will focus on high-quality, fresh food blended with Maldivian food culture with worldwide food traditions.  

Comprising three main restaurants, the culinary concept at Kanuhura Maldives aims to add value to the guests’ dining experiences by implementing diverse, smaller dining outlets in different locations set across the island, including the Chef’s Herb Garden where guests can pick fresh ingredients and cook alongside the culinary team while dining under the stars at a ‘secret’ table surrounded by flickering candles at the heart of a gorgeously lush and aromatic herb garden. The latest addition to Kanuhura’s unique dining experiences is a Sushi Swing Bar at IRU Beach. This boho chic beach bar, made of gypset-style teepees, trademark beaded swing chairs and low-level seating is perfect to watch one of nature’ finest sunsets over the sparkling lagoon accompanied by a fine cocktail or glass of wine before dinner.  

Key sushi dishes from the innovative Sushi Swing Bar menu include the sumptuous Champagne Yuzu Lobster roll, Truffle Creamy Lobster Tempura roll and the Waygu Beef roll. Locally sourced tuna is used in the menu, as well as reef fish whenever possible. 

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