Chef Jeffrey Vella Presents Mediterraneo: A Culinary Extravaganza at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Culinary News
PUBLISHED February 20, 2024 | updated February 20, 2024 03:36

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, played host to a remarkable culinary event Sunday evening, "Mediterraneo," curated by renowned Chef Jeffrey Vella. The evening featured an exquisite selection of dishes, meticulously prepared to harmonize flavors and transport diners to a realm of gastronomic delight, inspired by the stunning Maldivian scenery and the diverse tastes of the Mediterranean.

Hailing from Malta and born into a family of hoteliers, Chef Jeffrey Vella has always been driven by a deep passion for hospitality. Throughout his career, he has honed his skills working alongside culinary giants such as Gordon Ramsay, Alain Ducasse, and Jean Christophe Novelli. Chef Vella's illustrious journey has taken him to renowned establishments worldwide, and he currently holds the esteemed position of Corporate Culinary Director at the renowned restaurant Cap Aureo, located in the enchanting city of Rovinj, Croatia.

The menu, a culinary masterpiece, was designed to delight both meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Among the delectable offerings were:


Cauliflower Petals with Yeast and Homemade Mozzarella

Watermelon Carpaccio with Sea Weed Dust

Pizza Ai Funghi


Risotto, Classically Done, Simmered Tomatoes, Mozzarella Water

Main Course:

Pumpkin and Jerusalem Artichokes; A Roasted Pumpkin Seed Praline, Confit of Jerusalem Artichokes and Paste, Black Garlic, Thyme Oil OR,

Mahi-Mahi; Milanese of Mahi – Mahi Brown Crab Butter and Capers OR,

Corn Fed Chicken; Morel and Truffle Layered Breast, Mushroom Ketchup, Chicken Juices, Pressed Potato Terrine


A Bitter Love; Guanaja Bitters and Berries

Mediterraneo seamlessly blended centuries-old culinary traditions with a modern touch, creating an unforgettable experience that transcended the ordinary. The ambiance, characterized by earthy tones and warm textures, was designed to immerse diners in nature, enhancing the sensory experience of each dish. Infused with the renowned hospitality of The Taj, every moment of Mediterraneo exuded warmth, comfort, and a genuine commitment to providing guests with the finest culinary experiences.

Reflecting on his experience, Chef Jeffrey Vella remarked, “We love food. We live for food. And, we cannot live without curating and creating new food and drinks. Mediterraneo will indulge all your senses – the everlasting beauty surrounding you, the pristine waters, the fragrant nature of our surroundings and the exquisite aromas of artisanal creations.”


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