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This Easter, Coco Bodu Hithi resort is set to welcome the award-winning sushi master Chef Pepi Anevski. He will be enhancing the dining experience at Tsuki, the resort’s Japanese-speciality restaurant, with his creative sushi and sashimi art on Easter Sunday, 31st March & Monday, 1 st April.

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Originally from Macedonia, Chef Pepi won the first ever World Sushi Cup in Tokyo, Japan in 2013 and has since been renowned as the world’s most creative sushi master. He has specialized in classic Japanese sushi in Chiba, Japan under the tutelage of Mr Masayoshi Kazato. A certified sushi head chef with more than 20 years of experience, Chef Pepi holds certifications from the World Sushi Skill Institute and the All-Japan Sushi Association (AJSA).

In 2019, he opened Sushi Rebellion in Mälmo, Sweden, with the intention of serving high quality sushi with a rebellious touch in a casual, urban environment. The restaurant was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Best Sushi Restaurants in Sweden.

“What I bring to the table is a solid understanding of cultural differences, a strong track record of working cross functional, and understanding of the whole value chain from raw product to the customer’s plate”, says Chef Pepi.

While his creativity originates from his innate curiosity about combining new flavors and developing recipes, his humble approach to culture and local products brings an unexpected twist and an elegant surprise to the tastebuds.

Speaking about Chef Pepi’s upcoming residency, Coco Bodu Hithi General Manager Alexi Argyris said, “I believe to have such a talent amongst us would not only be an inspiration to our team but a totally elevated dining experience for our guests as well. I am excited to welcome such a versatile chef who has excelled in various styles in his cookery to share a taste of his exquisite food”.

Since 2012, Coco Bodu Hithi has opened its doors to guest chefs, but Chef Pepi marks the first sushi maestro to helm the kitchens of Tsuki. He will enchant guests with two extraordinary dinners on 31st March and 1 st April. Additionally, he will offer two exclusive experiences, showcasing dishes that blend the Maldives’ vibrant flavors with traditional Japanese and East Asian elements. Chef Pepi’s visit promises a sensory delight.

To reserve your dream getaway and indulge in culinary brilliance with Chef Pepi who will be showcasing his culinary genius from 28th March till 3 rd April 2024, contact Coco Collection at reservations@cococollection.com or call +960 664 6600.

Chef Pepi Anevski’s Tsuki Menu

Salmon Tataki

 Tosa sauce, apple oroshi, capers


Parmesan Popcorn Shrimp

 Spicy sauce, parmesan


Sushi

Nigiri (2 pieces)

Scallop aburi, Hamachi, yuzu foam, coriander paste


Gunkan (1 piece)

Lobster, lemon


Yaki (1 piece)

 Tuna, kataifi

Chili akami uramaki (4 pieces)


Kataifi Scallop

Gochujang butter, soy egg foam


Grilled Beef

 Wasabi truffle sauce, grilled padrones, chives


Chocolate Dessert

Sugar-coated cashew nuts, spicy pineapple



(6-course tasting menu: $220++ per person)

About Coco Collection

Since launching in 2005, Maldivian hospitality brand Coco Collection has crafted five-star destinations of different character and won awards for doing so with passionate flair. Each Coco Collection Resort in the Maldives is a haven for lovers of travel and style. Each celebrates traditional Maldivian architecture and ambiance. As part of the world renowned, pioneering Sunland Hotels group, Coco Collection benefits from over 30 years’ hospitality expertise. Sunland’s heritage of pushing boundaries and creatively evolving sets their high standards, pushes their creativity, and enriches their guests’ experience. More information at www.cococollection.com

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