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Seychellois chef takes local cuisine to new heights

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The Seychelles Creole cuisine is one unique aspect of the culture of these mid-ocean islands.

The Seychelles Creole cuisine is one unique aspect of the culture of these mid-ocean islands. The local spices and Creole touch, all add to what makes the Seychelles’ cuisine unique by a thousand miles.

There are many chefs in Seychelles who have dedicated their time and developed a passion for the local cuisine, taking it to new heights.

Diolan Barra is one of those chefs who has exceled in bringing the islands’ local cuisine to becoming one of the most-talked about by its visitors.

Mr. Barra is a chef working at the Cerf Island Resort for the last nine years, soon to clock a decade at the establishment located on the coast of this enchanted island lying in the Sainte Anne marine park.

Having spent 30 years in the tourism industry is a feat achieved by this talented chef, who is always eager to learn and be more creative in the kitchen.

Clocking so many years is not an easy thing, but it takes perseverance, dedication, and most of all one must love the job.

“I am happy to help bring the pillar of our economy to another level. I have been in this industry for so many years, and I have witnessed how it has grown,” he said.

“Cooking is my passion and I want to be a role model for the young ones who are the future of this industry.”

One thing which amazes everyone is that for almost a decade, Mr. Barra has been traveling from Mahe to Cerf island on a daily basis, rough or calm seas, he has always been ready for his work. A main concern on the island is being able to retain employees, but Mr. Barra has been devoted to his job that crossing from one island to another has never been a problem.

Mr. Barra is a one-of-a-kind chef. He does not only prepare his dishes and serves to his clients, but the way he welcomes and bonds with his clients is amazing.

He shares tips and recipes with his clients who often want to know how to prepare some of the dishes he serves, but like all chefs, not all secrets are revealed.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .