Soneva to host Dubai’s Hattem Mattar for Eid Al Fitr culinary residency

Soneva to host Dubai’s Hattem Mattar for Eid Al Fitr culinary residency

The locally renowned pit-master will showcase his cuisine at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani

This Eid al Fitr, Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives will welcome acclaimed Dubai-based chef Hattem Mattar to its roster of visiting chefs as part of its Soneva Stars programme. 

Hattem Mattar, who has made waves in the Middle Eastern dining scene, will showcase his unique style of ‘live fire-cooking’ at Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll and at Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll from 20 to 30 April 2023. 

Mattar’s residency at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani will place an "island twist" on some of his signature dishes, including raw flounder with garden greens and finger lime ponzu; coral trout kofta with grape salad, burnt eggplant and fresh pita, and charcoal Hokkaido scallop skewer with a citrus herb glaze, red onion and basil. 

Hattem Mattar

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Over the course of his residency, Mattar will host exclusive dinners with bespoke menus, curated with Soneva’s culinary teams.  

Speaking about the upcoming collaboration, Mattar said: "Soneva has a rich legacy of world-class cuisine with a strong emphasis on well-sourced, quality ingredients. My restaurants follow the same philosophy so there is a great synergy in our collaboration. 

"My mission is to make the grill an essential and delicious part of daily cuisine and to bring my unique style of cooking to as many people of different nationalities as possible. While on the islands, I can’t wait to bring the warmth of Arab hospitality to guests and inspire them with the art of live-fire cooking.” 

Past guest chefs include Tom Aikens and Julien Royer of Singapore’s Odette. 

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