Here is Part 2 and 3 of Chef in the Spotlight – Executive Chef of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Chef Sven Cepon. Chef Sven worked in a number of 5 star hotels in Cyprus and Switzerland for over 5 years, after which he moved to the Maldives in 2008 as Executive Sous Chef for the W Retreat & Spa Maldives. After having served W Maldives for nearly 2 years, Chef Sven joins the Sheraton Maldives in 2010.
In Part 1, Chef Sven Cepon prepared the delectable starter called Lardo di Colonnata, whilst he talked about the uniqueness of Maldivian cuisine and his challenges in the kitchen. Here in Part 2 & 3, Chef Sven prepares the Beef Tartare and exquisite Moroccan Spiced Game ham with Harisa and dates, on Cous Cous whilst giving us some insights into life on the Island, and why all Chefs have a bit of “diva” in them!
Here are, the simple yet effective recipes!Beef Tartare Mix 750g Beef Fillet 75g Baby Capers 120g Cornichons 2tblespns chopped Parsley 2 finely chopped Eshallots 100ml Tomato Sauce 1tblespn Worcestershire Sauce 2tblespns Mayonnaise 2tblespns Dijon Mustard 1tblespns Horseradish S & P
Marinade 250ml Olive Oil 2tblespn Honey 4 Star Anise ½ bunch of Thyme 4 cloves of Garlic, sliced 2teaspn Paprika Ground Black Pepper 2teaspn ground Cumin 2teaspn ground Coriander 4 Cinnamon Quills, broken 1teaspn Chilli Flakes Large pinch of Saffron. Combine all ingredients together, pour over the quail, cover and refrigerate overnight. Soak 24 bamboo skewers in water for 30mins. Drain the marinade off the quail and push two skewers through each quail diagonally across each other so the quail sits flat.
Chef Sven Cepon really impressed us with his knowledge of food and the way he employed fresh ingredients with minimal adulteration was truly commendable. We have to say that all the food that he prepared for us during our stay was delicious, and that we are now fans of his terrific cooking! It’s too bad I have to wait till my next Maldives trip to see him again.. but maybe, I’ll just get him to cook for me instead, if and when when he comes visit us in Malaysia!
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