Azerai Can Tho Introduces New Executive Chef Bernardo Cabrera
Can Tho, Vietnam, November 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Azerai Can Tho has appointed a new Executive Chef, Mexican national Bernardo Cabrera, to head the culinary program at one of the Mekong Delta’s most exclusive dining destinations.
Cabrera will draw on his past experiences working in three-Michelin-star restaurants Ryu Gin in Japan, where he served under renowned Chef Seiji Yamamoto, and Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The latter was named the No. 1 restaurant in the world in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, and Cabrera trained there with celebrated Chef Rasmus Kofoed.
In 2018, Cabrera moved to Vietnam, where he joined the culinary team at Amanoi. That experience marked his second stint with Aman Resorts after he joined Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos islands starting in 2012. He also led the culinary operation at Soho Beach House Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“The Mekong Delta is world-famous for its abundant fruit orchards, cacao farms and delicious local cuisine. Food here is a central part of life – much like it was during my childhood growing up in Mexico – and I look forward to sharing my passion for truly memorable meals with our guests at Azerai Can Tho,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera will oversee the entire range of Azerai Can Tho’s culinary program, including its popular multi-day special dining events featuring renowned Vietnamese and international guest chefs.
Azerai Can Tho is home to two formal dining venues. The Cafe serves traditional Vietnamese and Western-style breakfasts; regional Vietnamese cuisine, sandwiches and salads for lunch; and tapas-style dinner with new and old world wines. The Grill offers imported premium meats and local seafood in a relaxed and informal setting.
Two-and-a-half hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City, Azerai Can Tho is situated on a private islet in the Mekong Delta that is accessible only by boat. The resort’s lush, green grounds cover more than eight hectares and support 60 rooms in addition to five private pool villas that deliver residential-style accommodation.
Azerai Can Tho was named one of the “Top 25 Resorts in Asia” (No. 13) in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, becoming one of only six properties in Vietnam to make the popular annual “best-of” list. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.
Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts offering guests simple elegance, refined design and discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, and the name is derived from Zecha’s initials and the latter part of the Persian word caravanserai, which references the storied old inns of the Middle East.
Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first oceanfront resort. And Azerai La Residence, Hue is a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital.