Culinary Delights Scoop Major Awards

(NATADOLA, FIJI) (NATADOLA) 22 November 2013 – Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa has cemented their position as having one of the best culinary and coffee offerings across the Fijian Islands, following two national award wins. The resort has taken home the titles of Chef of the Year and Barista of the Year at the annual Moffat National Salon Culinaire 2013 and Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year awards.

Ritesh Kumar, InterContinental Fiji’s Chef de Partie in Navo, was named Chef of the Year 2013 with a total of two gold and two silver medals. With a total of 360 chefs from around the country competing competition was fierce. Nine chefs represented InterContinental Fiji in this year’s competition, collectively claiming 4 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze medals.

“I am thrilled to have been awarded this honour,”says Ritesh. “I love cooking. For me, it’s all about discovering the culture of Fiji through the colour, flavour and texture of food. There is nothing as satisfying as seeing the look of absolute delight on guests’ faces when they fall in love with that first bite; their first experience of a new dish.”

No less impressive is the result gained by Saleshni Gounder, who was named Fiji Barista of the Year 2013. Saleshni was runner up in 2012 but returned this year to take the title, despite solid competition from barista’s representing Sofitel, Novotel and Outrigger on the Lagoon. However Saleshni’s attention to detail, her focus and consistency in the quality of her coffee quality put her in a league of her own – the technical judges struggled to fault her work stating that she had ‘a near perfect score’.

According to Saleshni, “Coffee is an important part of the day for many of our guests, and we work hard to provide the best coffee experience that we can. Fiji’s coffee culture has come a long way in the last few years.”

Brendan Lane-Mullins, InterContinental Fiji’s Director of Food & Beverage says, “We are very proud of Ritesh, Saleshni, and the whole InterContinental Fiji team who endeavor daily to deliver five-star Fijian hospitality and enriching holiday experiences. These achievements are not only a credit to the resort, but to all who help make Natadola Bay Fiji’s premier destination for world-class dining and luxurious beachfront accommodation.”

In celebration of these prestigious awards, and for a limited time only InterContinental Fiji is inviting the people of Fiji to enjoy an exclusive dining experience at Navo Restaurant. You can spend the night at Natadola Bay with the ‘Signature Resident’s Package’ from only $458* in a Garden View Room and enjoy a Signature Navo Dinner for two adults, complimentary kids club from 6.30pm – 10.30pm and buffet breakfast in Sanasana Restaurant . For all enquiries and reservations contact enquiries.fiji@ihg.com or +679 673 3455.

*Terms & conditions apply. Valid for stays til 23 December 2013.


The Moffat Fiji National Salon Culinaire is a three-day event of cooking competitions for industry chefs and students. The National Salon Culinaire competition has evolved over the years and have attracted talented and creative local & international chefs from all over Fiji to this culinary competition. It is an annual event organised by the Fiji Chefs Association, World Association of Chefs Societies, and for 2013 is supported by BAKELS Bakery Ingredients since 1904, CREST Chicken, Fiji Gas, FNU, and Tuckers Ice Cream.


The aim of the competition is to educate the professional Baristas in Fiji about the technical skills needed to produce great coffee and to reward the best of them, both financially and with the recognition of their peers.


The only resort on beautiful Natadola Beach on Fiji’s Coral Coast, InterContinental Fiji is designed to treat couples to a luxurious, romantic experience, with private Cleopatra baths offered in every room, couples pampering at the award-winning Spa InterContinental and private cabana dinners served as the sun sets and a spectacular infinity pool. Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, the resort offers all the facilities and services expected of a luxury international resort, including four swimming pools, its own on-site dive centre, recreation and beach activities centre, volleyball, petanque lawn, yoga deck, gym and fitness centre and 18-hole championship golf course.

*IHG® Rewards Club not applicable to Kimpton™ Hotels and Restaurants; to be included at a future date.