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Guests are the winners as GM and Chef battle it out at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Guests are the winners as GM and Chef battle it out at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives ( BANGKOK, Thailand - It's not often that Centara General Managers and Executive Chefs do battle with each other. Not in public! But the Live Cooking Competition at Centara Ras Fushi Resort&Spa Maldives saw GM and Chef pitted against each other to create a menu for La Brezza Italian Restaurant.

Restaurant customers acted as the judges as GM Ulrich Hoffgen and Chef MacLean Fraser dueled over a set menu in the restaurant’s open kitchen.

Dishes being prepared were an appetizer of seared scallops and glazed pork belly, an entree of grilled king prawn with roast capsicum gazpacho and green-shell mussel salad, a main course of confit of duck leg with roast duck and mushroom risotto, and a dessert of flambee peach with vanilla bean ice cream.

Guests enjoyed the dinner for a payment of US$85 plus service and tax, with US$40 being covered by the credit available under the resort’s All-Inclusive Meal Plan program.

After the dinner was finished, guests were given slips of paper on which to cast their votes.

Who won?

GM collected the most votes. But Chef is still happily at work in his kitchen, and GM has resisted the impulse to change his career, and so remains in charge of the adult-focused resort that, within 6 weeks of its mid-April opening this year, had risen to be the no. 1 place for honeymoon holidays on TripAdvisor’s listing of North Male resorts, of which there are 31 properties.

The real winners were the guests, who packed the restaurant out and thoroughly enjoyed this novel and convivial evening.

GM Ulrich, incidentally, was an Executive Chef in the hospitality industry before becoming a Resident Manager elsewhere in the Maldives and then being appointed General Manager at Centara Ras Fushi Resort&Spa Maldives.

The resort is located just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport and has 140 adult-oriented villas set on the beach or above the magnificent lagoon.

Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand's leading operator of hotels, with 41 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 58 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs.

Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand's most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly-launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. The company's Kids' Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels&Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen.

The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.

PHOTO: Ulrich Hoffgen (left), General Manager,&MacLean Fraser (right), Executive Chef of Centara Ras Fushi Resort&Spa Maldives, energetically dueling it out with their cooking skills / Image via

MEDIA CONTACT: Centara Hotels & Resorts, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 2 769 1234, Fax: +66 (0) 2 769 1235, Email:

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