Latin America’s Best Female Chef Manu Buffara Launches Exclusive Pop-Up at Soneva Fushi

The 12-month pop-up at Fresh in the Garden is inspired by the transformational power of food

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (, November 4, 2022 – Award-winning Brazilian chef and restaurateur, Manoella ‘Manu’ Buffara has launched a new pop-up restaurant at Soneva Fushi, the pioneering barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives. Located at Fresh in the Garden, a treetop dining destination that overlooks the resort’s extensive organic island gardens, the 12-month pop-up is based on the concept of transformation. It offers guests a rare opportunity to dine with one of Latin America’s most exciting culinary talents.

Soneva Fushi - Out of the Blue
Soneva Fushi – Out of the Blue

Recently named Latin America’s Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best, Chef Manu is the executive chef and owner of her eponymous restaurant, Manu. Paving the way for gastronomy in Brazil, the menu celebrates the culture and produce unique to the region of Parana.

Soneva Fushi - Fresh in the Garden Sunset
Soneva Fushi – Fresh in the Garden Sunset

Inspired by her family and background, Chef Manu learned the value of land and animals growing up in the countryside and incorporated this into her everyday technique. At her restaurant, which is located in Curitiba, she uses organic ingredients from her garden and carefully selected suppliers. Her devotion to sustainability and quality ingredients stems from her commitment to Curitiba, working with local communities to transform abandoned sites into urban gardens and educating locals on how to care for the gardens and feed themselves.

Fresh in the Garden
Fresh in the Garden
Soneva Fushi - Fresh in the Garden Ingredients
Soneva Fushi – Fresh in the Garden Ingredients

“I cook to change the weather; I cook to change the mood; I cook to change nature; I cook to change the world; but what I want most is to cook to change people,” says Chef Manu. “Cooking at Soneva Fushi, for me, is an act of freedom and connection. I believe in the connection between land, sea, minerals, roots, fruits, and animals, and I respect the time, energy, and people involved in this process. That’s where our food comes from, and I’m so excited to share my story of transformation with guests at Fresh in the Garden.”

Soneva Fushi - Alfresco Dining
Soneva Fushi – Alfresco Dining

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Manu Buffara back to Soneva Fushi,” says Sonu Shivdasani, CEO, and co-founder of Soneva. “Soneva has a long history of collaborating with world-renowned chefs to offer an exceptional gastronomic experience to our guests, whether through pop-ups such as this or our ongoing Soneva Stars calendar.”

Poached Egg at Soneva Fushi
Poached Egg at Soneva Fushi
Soneva Fushi - Fresh in the Garden
Soneva Fushi – Fresh in the Garden

Chef Manu’s menu focuses on plant-based, vegetarian, and pescatarian dishes, using ingredients grown in the resort’s organic gardens and sustainably caught seafood. Seating just 35 guests per sitting, the exclusive pop-up at Fresh in the Garden will be overseen by her team members from Curitiba.

Fresh in the Garden is located high above Soneva Fushi’s organic gardens, where the aromas of the herbs wafted up from below. The central open kitchen gives guests front-row seats to the action, with seating available under cover or beneath the starry night sky.

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