Chefs Guild of Maldives has successfully concluded the CGM Chef Awards 2022, the first ever initiative to celebrate the talented professionals dedicated to advancing culinary arts in the Maldives. CGM Chef Awards is a biennial award open for local and foreign chefs working in the Maldives
The first ever CGM Chef Awards were given at a special reception on 19th November 2022 at Kurumba Maldives. The reception was graced by Chief Guest President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, First Lady Fazna Ahmed, Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, and Chairman of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), Mr. M.U. Maniku. Addressing the ceremony, President Solih remarked that chefs are a major force behind the success of the country’s tourism industry. The President hinted the progression of the Maldives’ culinary industry over the past five decades, noting that Maldives now possesses internationally renowned chefs and culinary experts. President Solih also praised local culinary professionals, and encouraged them to foster Maldivian cuisine as an internationally recognized gastronomy.
Speaking at the reception, Founder and President of the Chefs Guild of Maldives, Mariyam Noordeen noted that the various international accolades and recognition won by Maldivian chefs are testaments to their outstanding talent and flair. She also indicated that the CGM Chef Awards 2022 is the beginning of a series of celebrating and recognizing the service of chefs and chef educators, and that the Awards will continue to prosper.
The CGM Chef Awards 2022 saw 36 awards disbursed from 8 different categories. Further, the Chefs Guild of Maldives honored Chef Ahmed Mazim, Chef de Partie at Four Seasons Maldives Resort Landaa Giraavaru, as “Chef of the Year”. Ahmed Mazim is a talented young culinary professional with 8 years of experience, who was awarded Most Outstanding Chef and Top Maldivian Chef at the Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge 2022, and also awarded “Best Maldivian Chef” at the Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives (FHAM) International Culinary Challenge 2022.
Additionally, Chefs Guild of Maldives honored late Mohamed Asim Abdul Gayoom with the “Special Recognition Award”. Mohamed Asim was one of the first local cookery instructors at the Hotel School in the Maldives. Numerous Maldivian chefs serving in top posts of the culinary field were trained and educated under Mohamed Asim’s tutelage. He was also one of the originators, and the first host of the renowned cookery program “Raha Thafaathu”. Mohamed Asim Abdul Gayoom last served as General Manager of Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi.
The CGM Chef Awards 2022 became a reality with the generosity of various sponsors, including Universal Enterprises, Kurumba Maldives, Best Buy Maldives (BBM), Dhiraagu, Crown and Champa Resorts (CCR), Lily International, and event management partner High Rise Pvt Ltd. Chefs Guild of Maldives profoundly thanks our sponsors and partners for their contribution in making the event a success.
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