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Male’, Maldives, 22nd January 2024 – Niyama Private Islands Maldives has announced the appointment of Thierry Vergnault as its Executive Chef. In his new role, Thierry takes charge of Food and Beverage operations at Nature’s Playground, overseeing the resort’s 10 restaurants and bars, along with managing regular creative pop-ups and Michelin-starred collaborations.

Hailing from France, Chef Thierry Vergnault brings a background deeply rooted in the traditions of French culinary art. He seamlessly blends traditional cooking techniques and an unwavering commitment to quality with a global flair inspired by his worldly explorations.

Beginning his career at the renowned Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, Thierry has since traveled the globe with stints at Hilton, Marriott, Westin, and Le Meridien, covering diverse culinary landscapes from Russia to the United States and the Caribbean.

Thierry initially joined Minor Hotels in 2021, overseeing F&B operations at its Tivoli hotels in Qatar. Today, he spearheads the culinary vision at Niyama, orchestrating diverse experiences across two islands. These include modern Indian Ocean cuisine on a platform half a kilometer out to sea, the bold flavors of Asia, Latin America, and Africa at Jungle Nest and Tribal, and unique tasting journeys beneath the ocean’s surface at Subsix.

Expressing his enthusiasm about joining Niyama Private Islands, Thierry stated, “I am delighted to be joining Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives. Every opportunity comes with a lot of responsibility, and it is an opportunity for me to contribute. Our guests are well-traveled and have excellent experience in fine dining. It is a challenge for me to fulfill the expectations of every guest and provide an unforgettable dining experience.”

General Manager of Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Hafidh Al Busaidy, commented on Chef Thierry Vergnault’s appointment, stating, “Chef Thierry Vergnault shares our passion for creating gastronomy that transports our guests across the oceans and into the sublime. I look forward to seeing his creativity in action as he dreams up novel concepts to put Niyama on the culinary map in 2024.”

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