Coco Bodu Hithi is set to welcome Chef Johnny Gu from Shanghai this March. Chef Johnny will be hosting two exclusive dinners at Aqua restaurant, as well as a very special masterclass for guests. He is the Executive Chef at Lilac Family Cuisine, a fine-dining restaurant based at the Le Sun Chine Hotel Shanghai, a member of Relais & Châteaux.
Johnny began his culinary career in 1996, working at the first international five-star hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. It was here that he was taught by Chef David Yip, the renowned Chinese master chef who has won a Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
In 2002, Johnny joined Nobel House, a top seafood restaurant chain as their Executive Chef. In 2010, he worked alongside Michelin-starred chefs Gianni D’amato from Italy and Toni Morwald from Austria on several high-end dinner events. Johnny has appeared as a judge on the popular Shanghai SMG TV show, Runway Chef, in 2016. In 2017, he served on the judging panel of the Food and Hotel China International Competition.
Coco Bodu Hithi is situated on the private island of Bodu Hithi in the North Male’ Atoll, a 40 minute (29 km) luxury speedboat ride from Male’ International Airport.
The island is rich in vegetation with naturally designed sandy walkways and coconut trees, edged with white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and isolated sand banks. The ambiance of the island is enchanting for even the most discerning of guests.