Jumeirah Vittaveli appoints Benjamin Rendell as new executive chef
Chef Ben will oversee Jumeirah Vittaveli’s main restaurants Mu, Samsara, Fenesse and the new signature restaurant Swarna, scheduled to open this summer. Chef Ben will use his vast knowledge of diverse cuisines and cultures from around the world to bring new flair to the resort’s restaurants.
Chef Ben brings over 45 years of culinary experience with him, having previously run kitchens in luxury establishments throughout the world. His resume includes the titles of Executive and Regional Chef for luxury brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Le Meridien and Shangri La, in China, Singapore, Bahrain, Indonesia and Thailand.
Chef Benjamin arrives in the Maldives after a stint in the Philippines, where he held the role of executive chef at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila for just under two years. This is his first appointment in the Maldives.
A British citizen, Ben earned his chef’s certification in the UK and spent several years in the kitchens of prestigious establishments, including the Savoy Grill in London.
His LinkedIn profile describes Rendell as a “seasoned, classically trained and motivated executive chef, experienced in major 5-star and deluxe properties with a passion and focus on quality, training and people skills.”
He further describes himself as a “strong believer in continually updating classic food preparations and presentation for today’s modern environment by constantly researching and training of staff.”
Graham Kiy, General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli commented on the appointment saying, “We are delighted to welcome Chef Benjamin. I am confident his extensive knowledge and leadership skills will further enhance the resort’s culinary experience.”
Jumeirah Vittaveli is located in South Male’ atoll and is only a 20-minute speedboat ride away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. The property is one of two that the Jumeirah group, a Dubai-based international hotel chain, currently manages in the Maldives. The other, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, is located in the southerly Gaafu Alif Atoll, just above the equator line.