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LUX* South Ari Atoll Appoints Antonello Manca as Executive Chef

Antonello Manca
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas announced the appointment of Antonello Manca as the resort's Executive Chef.

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas announced the appointment of Antonello Manca as the resort’s Executive Chef. Antonello brings over 20 years of remarkable experience which includes; heading the culinary teams at Kempinski in Amman, Dusit Thani and Paramount Hotel, both in Dubai. LUX* South Ari Atoll says he will take the resort to even greater culinary heights.

According to the idyllic resort, For Antonello, the love for food came at a very young age, and while closely observing his mother’s cooking in the kitchen, his passion grew from the age of 14. In his early 20s, he travelled around the world to discover new flavours before landing his first internship and realised that cooking was for him. Furthermore, with a clear vision, he aims to combine innovation with healthy, locally sourced and mindful cooking.

Growing up on a large island like Sardinia, with its provinces and towns, it was always easy to find plenty of clean products. Overall, the main source of products was strictly seasonal, which created a certain level of anticipation. I remember waiting for summer to come, so that we could eat melon gelato at the ice cream parlour, or the ripe grapes we picked every August. Growing our own vegetables and making our products from scratch truly shaped how I view the art of cooking. Working together with nature in a mindful and responsible way is something I wish to develop even further at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

Antonello Manca, Executive Chef at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
Also read: LUX* South Ari Atoll Wins Best Luxury Resort at Travel + Leisure India’s Best Award 2020

In addition to that, Antonello also said that Being a good chef requires a passion not only for food but also for encouraging your team to develop by trying new things without being afraid of criticism. He emphasized being on the hunt for innovative ways to further enhance the guests’ culinary experience has always been a vital requirement of success for him.

Discussing the upcoming culinary trends, Antonello shed light on the fact that people in general, especially travellers, have become more observant of the origin of products.

Chef Antonello will head LUX* South Ari Atoll’s culinary team of 110 team members from more than 12 nations. According to that resort, when he doesn’t give guests a culinary experience to remember, Antonello loves to go fishing and diving as he is a certified divemaster.

Feature image by LUX* South Ari Atoll

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Interested in all the appointments made this February? Head over to our website, and find out more.

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