Velaa Private Island to host Michelin-star chefs Matthias Schmidberger and Paco Pérez

Velaa Private Island will host Michelin-star Chefs Matthias Schmidberger and Paco Pérez  to curate two exclusive four hand dining experiences.

Collaborating with Head Chef Gaushan De Silva, both chefs will create a bespoke one-time-only dining menu, available to Velaa guests this November and December.

Home to fine-dining restaurant Aragu, Velaa Private Island is the only island in the Maldives home to a restaurant voted in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. Velaa also operates two other upscale restaurants, Tavaru and Athiri, two bars and one of the most exclusive wine cellar in the Maldives.

Swapping Switzerland for the Maldives this November is talented two Michelin star Chef Matthias Schmidberger, who is the Executive Chef at two Michelin star restaurant Cà d’Oro at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz and an expert in European cuisine. Schmidberger has worked for some of the best restaurants in Germany, including Traube Tonbach, Baiersbronn, the Speisemeisterei, Stuttgart and Brenner’s Park Restaurant in Baden-Baden.

Joining Velaa this December is Spanish Chef Paco Pérez, renowned for his expertise in seafood, his avant-garde approach and focus on both the quality and sustainability of ingredients. Pérez holds 5 Michelin stars, two of which are in Miramar restaurant in LLança and two others in Enoteca restaurant in Hotel Arts Barcelona and Cinco restaurant in Das Stue Hotel, Berlin. Pérez will also work alongside De Silva to prepare two four hand dining experiences, taking place on the 1st and 4th of December.