In line with the resort’s exclusive celebrity chef residence programme, Sun Siyam Iru Veli in the Maldives has welcomed Italian Sky Sports TV journalist and Chef Manuele Baiocchinni for a unique culinary residency at the island resort. From 22nd April to 28th April 2023, guests staying at the property can savour various speciality dishes created by Chef Baiocchini as he unveils his culinary skills through extravagant dinner cooking show events.
Apart from his gastronomical dinners, guests can also sample his exceptional dining on the beach via a management cocktail session. All gourmands will be thrilled to bits by elegantly crafted Italian dishes that are delicious to the core with sweeping views of the sunset and ocean adding an extra flavour to the already sumptuous creations. Some of the Italian favourites highlighted during his residency include ravioli with lobster, cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, fruit salad and catch of the day and for sweet tooths, pastry custard with tropical fruit and chocolate chips.
In addition to being a marvellous cook, Manuele Baiocchini is a passionate sports journalist at Sky Sports Italy as well. He is reputed for merging the two great Italian loves: football and cooking into one as he focuses on bringing both aspects to audiences. During his stay, Baiocchini will bring his sports enthusiasm to the Indian Ocean by teaming up with guests to enjoy a couple of fun and friendly football matches between Sun Siyam Vilu Reef and Sun Siyam Iru Veli during his stay.
Baiocchini comments that sports reporting and presenting are his daily passion, but he expresses his creativity in the kitchen as the host of Casa Baio – the only format, broadcasted on Discovery Food Network, where he cooks and plays. Broadcasted live from his home kitchen, Baiocchini focuses on delivering predominantly traditional recipes with a particular emphasis given to the cuisine of the city he was born in, Rome! Through this, he is able to pursue his long-standing passion for the kitchen while fulfilling the demanding work of a sports journalist.
Born in 1982, Manuele Baiocchini was always a very determined boy: he studied, delivered pizzas, played football, and worked on the radio. When he set aside his dream of being a footballer, he set down his aspiration of becoming a sports journalist. After starting out in the field, he was able to land a role in Sky Sports in 2007, a standing testimony to his passion and curiosity for the career as well as his hard work. Since then, he has fulfilled numerous roles at the channel such as editorial staff, correspondent and expert on the transfer market, sideline during matches, as well as interviewer/ host after the matches and is now an integral part of the team.