Malta has an illustrious and eclectic food scene. After being invaded many times throughout history, the archipelago has developed a wonderfully multicultural mix of Greek, French, Italian, Arabic and British influences, which comes out best in the kitchen. As such, the island is becoming an internationally renowned foodie haven, thanks to a handful of incredible Maltese chefs. Join us as we discover the people pioneering the food movement, and explore why chefs such as George Borg, Sean Gravina and Mario Schembri are so highly revered.
As Executive Chef of Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Stefan Hogan has taken his passion for local produce and unusual ingredients into the kitchens of our hotel’s restaurants. He has created menus bursting with flavour for the sophisticated Villa Corinthia, Far Eastern eatery Ricksaw, brasserie Orange Grove and seasonal venture, The Summer Kitchen. Mediterranean is Hogan’s speciality and if it’s fresh innovative cuisine you’re after, his renowned restaurants are among the best on the archipelago.
High up on the list of Malta’s top chefs is Sean Gravina. The young chef began his career on the island, where his got his first big break running local restaurant Chez Philippe. He went on to study at the world’s number one cookery school at Cordon Bleu in Paris, before joining Gordon Ramsay’s prestigious Michelin star restaurant Maze. Gravina has since returned to Malta where he hosts TV cooking shows on Gourmet Today TV and caters events and private dinners on request. He became a celebrity in his own right after appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2014, where he left as a respectable quarter finalist.
Gozo-born George Borg inherited his passion for cooking from his father, a professional chef. After working in restaurants on the Maltese islands and building relationships with local farmers, cheese producers and artisans, Borg became a local celebrity and a respected chef renowned for his use of Maltese produce. Nowadays he wears many hats: guest chef, TV host, cookbook author and Head of Food & Beverage at catering company Catermax.