Ilias Kafalis

W Maldives appoints new director of cuisine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]W Maldives resort has appointed Ilias Kafalis as Director of Cuisine to oversee its five vibrant dining venues.

With 15 years of experience at a vast range of international locations, Chef Ilias brings culinary expertise refined from Greece, Cyprus, France, China and Qatar. He joins W Maldives from InterContinental Hotel & Resort – Doha, Qatar.

“We are ecstatic to have Ilias join our resort and lead our very talented kitchen talents. He has tremendous experience, a very impressive resume and possesses excellent leadership and management skills,” said Anton Birnbaum, General Manager, W Maldives.

Born in Athens, Chef Ilias graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Hospitality School of Galaxidi in Greece. He started his gastronomical career in Nice, France, followed by a three year culinary journey under the helm of a 3-star Michelin Chef Alain Ducasse and 2-star Michelin Chef Helene Darroze. In Paris, he also worked for such luxury catering companies as Potel & Chabot, Saint Clair and Fauchon Epicerie.

Chef Ilias also participated in the Greek 2011 edition of the famous cooking show TOP CHEF, where he made it through to the semi-finals. He is the author of the culinary book ‘A Look on the Modern Greek Cuisine’ and has cooked for a number of famous personnel such as the Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, Jacques Chirac and Andrés Iniesta.

“Taking the lead at W Maldives will truly mark a new beginning for me in the country. I aim to bring here my own menu of French Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Asian and Arabic flavours. I would like to create a food culture that will concentrate on sourcing the best of the local produce and making everything we do sustainable by using the freshest and organic ingredients possible,” said Chef Ilias

W Maldives is a private island located in North Ari atoll. Surrounded by turquoise lagoons, the island offers one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. W Maldives features 78 private retreats – each with its own plunge pool and sundeck, six gourmet eateries and lounge bars, including 15BELOW, the first underground nightclub in the Maldives, and an over-water AWAY® Spa.

W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led luxury lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 47 hotels and retreats, including 17 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment.

With 15 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 60 hotels by 2018. W Hotels have been announced for Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Amman, Jakarta, Panama, Muscat, Suzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Shenyang, Marrakech and Brisbane, while upcoming W Retreats include Goa, Phuket, Hainan Island and Mexico’s Riviera Maya.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hotelier News Desk
Hotelier Maldives is the leading publication dedicated to the Maldivian hospitality industry, accessible in both print and digital formats. Our magazine is committed to the mission of "informing, inspiring, and connecting the Maldives hospitality sector." Reach us at