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Let’s Go Local: Head Chef Manasa Brings Smiles At Waidroka Bay Resort

Manasa Bolawaqatabu was the runner-up of the 2019 Pacific Island Food Revolution.
23 Jul 2020 16:34
Let’s Go Local: Head Chef Manasa Brings Smiles At Waidroka Bay Resort
Waidroka Bay Resort’s head chef Manasa Bolawaqatabu.

Waidroka Bay Resort’s head chef brings smiles to each guests’ face with every meal.

Not surprising. Manasa Bolawaqatabu was the runner-up of the 2019 Pacific Island Food Revolution. He has been employed with the resort since 2018.

The 35-year-old chef represented Fiji at the show with Mohammed Shamim, and they called themselves the ‘Fijian Foodies’.

Chef Manasa said he enjoys experimenting with Fijian food and one day hopes to own his own restaurant.

“Food is a way of keeping people happy and bringing the whole family together,” he said.

Pacific Island Food Revolution is a social movement using the power of reality TV, radio, and social media to change peoples’ eating behaviour.

The show was developed by celebrity chef Robert Oliver.The show covered four nations, with representative from Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Samoa in 12 episodes.

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Waidroka Bay Surf and Dive Resort offers amazing Fiji diving and surfing adventures, located 30 minutes away from Pacific Harbour.

  • Locals can now enjoy accommodation at weekends at the resort for $96 per person, and meal package plans for $65 that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • The best part of it is that Happy Hour Prices apply all day.
  • There are day trips organized by the resort, a ‘Super Fun Day’ at $95 which includes meals, use of hotel facilities and excursions.

Staff at the resort ensured that a mask was worn at all times and there were sanitizers around.

Guests at the Waidroka Bay Resort with Deputy Resort manager Ilai Nakia. Photo: Jennis Naidu

Guests at the Waidroka Bay Resort with Deputy Resort manager Ilai Nakia. Photo: Jennis Naidu

General Manager Andreas Johnstone said that opening post COVID-19, they have had to change the way they serve food at the resort.

Waidroka Bay Resort General Manager Andreas Johnstone.

Waidroka Bay Resort General Manager Andreas Johnstone.

He said it was unsettling and unusual to alter the seating arrangement as whoever comes to the resort is considered family.

“In our setting before, we only had one large table, and everybody was sitting beside each other so we have had to move people; families or people from one household so when they come here, they can sit at their designated table.”

About the Show:

Mr Oliver is a New Zealand chef, award winning author and television presenter, as well as the Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand. Dr Jone Hawea and Robert Oliver filmed seven healthy recipe videos which were repeatedly played before the evening news on Fiji TV.

Feedback: jennis.naidu@fijisun.com.fj

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