Several years ago, when MasterChef Sweden aired for the first time on Swedish National TV, nobody anticipated having a pivotal episode of the competition to be shot here in Meeru Island Resort & spa.
November 2021 saw the Sveriges mästerkock 2021, (MasterChef Sweden 2021) that airs on TV4, its production crew, judges ( from across Sweden such as Mischa Billing, Markus Aujalay, and Tom Sjostedt) and the contests arrive at Meeru for episode 12 of season 11 which was filmed on Meeru Island in the Maldives instead of the studio kitchen in Sweden.
To welcome the team, Meeru Island along with the Maldives Chefs Guild, hosted a Maldivian night themed dinner. The evening kicked off with the contestants arriving at Meeru Island via speed boat while the judges was flown in via domestic seaplane. The Meeru team members’ welcomed the MasterChef team in traditional Maldivian attire, music and drums, handing them delicious coconut-infused drinks.
This was followed by an elegantly prepared buffet dinner of authentic local cuisine, accompanied by the joyous sounds of Bodu Beru played by members of the Meeru team.
For the cooking segment, the team sourced their vegetables, salads, fruits and spices from Meeru’s Organic Gardens. Fish was caught by the contestants themselves using traditional Maldivian hand-reel fishing excursion they took the same day.
The team from Maldives Chefs Guild, along with the incredible multi-national team of chefs of Meeru explained to the contestants how each ingredient was used for their taste. Using the information and tasting, two teams prepared locally themed dishes for the competition at the oceanfront Asian Wok Restaurant. The testing session by the judges was held on the beach, where the gentlemen’s group won the round.
The following morning the elimination round was held at the Pavillion Bar. The contestants had to taste Meeru’s signature curry dish, ‘Kadu Kukulhu’ (a fish-based dish named Sea Chicken) and write down the ingredients.
The Maldives cooking challenge ended with five contestants qualifying for the next round, where they ended the day sailing into the Maldivian sunset style in the timber yacht Kamana.
See MasterChef Sweden episode 12 of season 11
About Sveriges mästerkock:
MasterChef is a worldwide well-known competitive cooking reality TV show open to amateur and home cooks. The show’s format is now produced in more than 40 countries and airs in over 200 territories, and one of them is MasterChef Sweden which airs on Sweden’s TV4.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa is a family-friendly private island with separate adults-only areas and facilities, four restaurants and six bars. The resort situated a convenient and scenic 55-minute speedboat transfer from Malé’s Velana International Airport ( IATA: MLE). The island is a tranquil tropical paradise of palm trees, its own lagoon, white sandy beaches, a coral nursery and a choice of beach and overwaters accommodation.
As one of the earliest resorts to be opened in the Maldives, Meeru Island Resort & Spa is known for its efforts to keep the local Maldivian traditions rooted within our services on the island. The island is proud to be one of the first resorts in the Maldives to have opened a museum paying tribute to the age-old customs and traditions of the Maldivians.
The resort has also paid special attention to infusing the local culture, food, and tradition into all the services we provide to our guests. Themed dinner nights and cultural shows are a weekly happening on the island.
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