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Chef Samih
Saint Barthelemy | | Professional
Specialty Cuisines: Asian, BBQ, European, French, Italian
Vetted Experiences: Private Chef, Personal Chef, Cooking Class, Corporate Event, Catering, Chef Consultancy

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How did you start your journey?

Inspired by the seas of the Maldives and the culinary diversity of Australia & Europe - leading to a very diverse style of cuisine including Maldivian, French, Italian, Mexican & Mediterranean.

Where is your cuisine inspired from?

My mum was my biggest inspiration as she was a well known chef in the Maldives - especially for local cuisine but even doing catering & cakes for various functions. Thus having grown up in an environment of fine food and commercial cooking, I started getting involved in cooking at the tender age of 7 or 8 years old, although I was more in the way than being able to do much! Thus my passion for cooking and food led it to being my profession although it is difficult to describe it as a 'job' when you enjoy cooking for someone else as much as cooking at home for yourself and for your loved ones! From my early culinary trainings in Australia to United States, the foodie in me has allowed me to travel the globe, learning from some of the true masters and discovering the never ending gastronomic possibilities and creating some of my own. Having had a diver international culinary journey expanding for over 16 years with multiple culinary medals/awards & including the title of "Best Maldivian Chef"; I am very much looking forward to sharing my creations with you at your dinner table!

Work

Culinary Arts Lecturer | Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Management - Maldives National University | 2015
Sharing my knowledge and experience in the kitchens & classrooms with aspiring young chefs - teaching international cuisine & my passion for patisserie.

Best Maldivian Chef | Food & Hospitality Asia Maldives International Culinary Challenge | 2014
An International Culinary Challenge of over 350 professional chefs from the leading 5 star luxury resorts & hotels

5 Medals | Food & Hospitality Asia Maldives International Culinary Challenge | 2014
An International Culinary Challenge of over 350 chefs from various leading luxury resorts & hotels.

Founder & Chef | Food Ballet | 2014 - Now
A complete food & beverage service ranging from private catering to development of the concepts, designs, menus, equipment selection & training of restaurants & bars for new resorts & hotels. Food Safety & Hygiene Training and audits is also an integral part.

Head Chef | Restaurant at Zoo des Marecottes | 2005 - 2012
A beautiful fosilized log-constructed French/Italian restaurant in the heart of the renowned zoo of ski village of Marecottes in the Swiss alps with a traditional wood fired pizza oven and grill - serving classic French dishes and the most wonderful thin crust Italian pizza finished in a wodd-fired pizza oven.

Training

Hotel Management & Culinary | Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School | 2000 - 2003
A hospitality degree with culinary arts conducted in a simulated hotel with fully functional multiple restaurants (including fine dining) & bars. The best thing about a hotel & culinary degree in Australia is the diversity of the cuisine due to the multi-national mix of inhabitants and therefore having the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of world cuisine and to have a strong foundation!

3 year Degree | Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School | 2000 - 2003
Culinary training in the leading hotel school with a simulated hotel having multiple restaurants and bars including fine dining a la carte. Early culinary trainings coming from hotels and restaurants in Australia and USA such as Hershey Hotel.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Flexible - Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees

What languages do you speak?

English, French

How far can you travel?

475 kms

Foodie Elaine | 5.0

Chef Samih made the entire experience very easy and enjoyable. I highly recommend him.

Foodie Rania | 5.0

The overall experience was lovely and simplified my life. Chef Samih was very efficient in the planning with me, showed up well prepared and made a 4 course meal for ...

Foodie Karim | 5.0

Chef Samih was incredibly nice, polite, knowledgeable, and fun to be with! All guests enjoyed the entire experience he presented. Highly recommended

Foodie Olga | 5.0

Overall amazing experience - super delicios food in the coziness of our home with no hassle. Highly recommended!

Foodie Muna | 5.0

One word sums up our dinner experience with Chef Samih: superb. Once the food was served, every single course was divine especially the ravioli and the Maldivian tuna. Chef Samih ...

Foodie Nafisa | 5.0

Chef Samih is fantastic!

Guests loved the canapes and cocktails.

So pleased we came across ChefXChange and Chef Samih.

Thank you very much.

Foodie Tena | 5.0

I booked a dinner for 2 with Chef Samih for my husband's birthday and it was everything I hoped it will be and more! My husband is a big foodie ...

Foodie Farah | 5.0

Thank you Chef Samih and ChefXChange for contributing to the success of our event!. we will sure resort to you again and again!

Foodie David | 5.0

Thanks Samih for a great night and great food.
My wife was over joyed by the whole experience as we're all her friends who had flown in to share this ...

Foodie Rasha | 5.0

Chef Samih was very professional. He was efficient and prepared. He was friendly and pleasant. He was extremely helpful. He was communicative and flexible. He was understanding, and gave very ...

Foodie Rowena | 4.7

The event was a resounding success - literally come hell or high water, as it took place in the middle of a very rare stormy, windy day in Dubai (what ...

Foodie Monica | 5.0

We would like to personally thank Chef Samih for his amazing culinary delights for my husband's birthday this week. We loved the food, his approach and style. We felt comfortable ...

Foodie Hani | 4.7

Very nice person and food was served on time..

Foodie Gioia | 5.0

It was our first time to hire a chef for a private event and I would say we were very lucky with Chef Samih.

He was able to ...

Foodie Leah | 4.7

Chef Samih hosted our family dinner of 15. Unfortunately, Chef under estimated how far my Villa was so arrived 15 minutes late but was able to still deliver the starters ...

Foodie Alex | 4.7

We highly recommend Chef Samih - it was a pleasure to have him at our home and host an absolutely delicious (!) and freshly prepared dinner. In addition Samih is ...

Foodie Carla | 5.0

We booked Chef Samih for a small celebratory dinner for 12 at home. We selected his paleo menu and from the moment we connected until the event was finished, we ...

Foodie Ana | 5.0

Amazing experience, Chef Samih was extremely professional and knowledgeable. Had a great evening learning new techniques and working with new ingredients. He explained everything clearly and expertly. Highly recommend for ...

Foodie Brigitta | 5.0

Hi Chef Samih,

Thank you for a wonderful experience Chef. We look forward in welcoming you again in our house in the near future. Happy New Year.

Kind ...

Foodie Amanda | 5.0

Chef Samih was very welcoming and most importantly created a delicious dinner for myself and my bridesmaids.

From his pre-dinner canapés to the succulent beef tenderloin, I believe ...

Foodie Vincent | 4.8

Very good experience with Chef Samih.
The canapés prepared for our small reception were very fresh and Samih knows to be prepare the food quickly while being discrete

Foodie Brigitta | 5.0

Thank you for a wonderful evening Chef Samih.
The food was outstanding.

Foodie Namrata | 5.0

All I can say is that it was my husband's 40th birthday and having Chef Samih cook for us and our guests was the best plan ever for this special ...

Foodie Ema | 5.0

Chef Samih is a delight to have in your home and made my husband's 50th Birthday celebration a very, very special occasion indeed. From start to finish the whole engagement ...

Foodie Layal | 5.0

I am very delighted with my overall experience with Chef Samih!! it was a smooth operation from A to Z, no problems, no miscommunication, everything was great. He made everything ...

Foodie Lourie | 5.0

We absolutely loved Chef Samih and would recommend him unreservedly.

We approached Chef Samih to cater for a birthday dinner at our house and from our first conversation ...

Foodie Eemeli | 5.0

We enjoyed 4 course dinner. Taste x visual x feeling = awesome culinary experience. Samih is a great chef.

Foodie Aurelia | 5.0

Amazing diner thanks to Chef Samih !
We all enjoyed the delicious food he cooked for us and our 4 guests.
Everything was perfect !

Thank you again ...

Foodie Shola | 4.8

Chef Samih cooked for my family (10 adults and 3 children) over the course of one week while we were in Dubai for a celebration. I cannot praise him enough ...

Foodie Nadjima | 4.8

Had a great first time experience with an in house chef. We think it went extremely well. Overall we were satisfied and we would give the chef a full mark. ...

Foodie Raquel | 5.0

Chef Samih was very friendly and professional. The meals were exceptional and he was flexible to make changes to meet our preferences. Timly and delicious. Thank you for an amazing ...

Foodie Christelle | 4.5

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Foodie Natalie | 5.0

This is our second culinary experience with Chefxchange, and it was an unexpected surprise. We were very impressed with Chef Samih's sophistication, eloquence and professionalism. The four-course meal was of ...

Foodie Guillaume | 5.0

Chef Samih is an amazing Chef, everything was perfect; organization, original but sophisticated menu, delicious dishes, very warm personality. I would definitely recommend Chef Samih if you want to impress ...