Five-star Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort has appointed a seasoned executive chef with two decades of luxury hospitality experience in Africa, Asia and North America.
Tunisian-born Mahdi Ghenam joins the new 17-hectare resort overlooking Ho Tram Beach, within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City, after working as executive chef at Fusion Resort Phu Quoc. Ghenam was also the executive chef at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao in Laos, Gansevoort Hotel Turks + Caicos in the Caribbean Islands, and Diamonds La Gemma dell-Est in Tanzania, before overseeing gastronomy at three Seabel hotels in Tunisia.
After studying at the Nabeul Hotel School and Carthage Presidency School in the late 1990s, he quickly rose up the ranks at various five-star properties, working for Hotel Abou Nawas and The Residence Tunis in Tunisia, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh and Radisson SAS in Saudi Arabia, Meeru Island Resort in the Maldives, and Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa in Bermuda.
At Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort, which celebrated its grand opening in April this year, Ghenam manages a team of 49 staff across the resort’s rich and diverse culinary landscape. Ghenam and his team are unveiling new menus at the resort’s three restaurants – fine-dining restaurant Muoi, Breeza Beach Club, and all-day dining restaurant Sasa.
Ghenam and his team have also introduced new culinary experiences such as a vibrant “seafood market” at Breeza each weekend, whereby guests select fresh seafood caught locally that day including lobsters, crabs, fish, prawns, mussels, snails and clams then cooked before their eyes.
“In an excellent match with our resort and its Spanish origins, Mahdi brings immense experience in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine to the table,” said Manuel Ferriol, Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort’s general manager. “He is incredibly versatile, catering to events ranging from corporate meetings and weddings to a private seafood BBQ, and he’s an inspirational leader who pays particular attention to developing and mentoring his staff”.
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Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity. Follow Meliá Hotels & Resorts on Twitter @MeliaHtlResorts, Facebook @Melia.Hotels and Instagram @meliahtlresorts. www.melia.com.
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 390 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Company is the global leader in resort hotels, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in the world in 2019, according to SAM, the sustainable investment company. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking). Follow Meliá Hotels International on Weibo @MeliaHotelslnt , WeChat official account @MeliaHotelslnt, Twitter @MeliaHotelsInt , Facebook meliahotelsinternational and official website www.melia.com.
Five-star Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort has appointed seasoned executive chef Mahdi Ghenam, who has with two decades of luxury hospitality experience in Africa, Asia and North America.