June 2016 – North Island’s Executive Chef Jeremy Vermaak has spearheaded a new and refreshed dining concept to spoil and surprise guests with personalised experiences.
Jeremy’s approach draws on the unique flavours of Seychelles and the culinary heritage of its people. Organic herbs from the Island’s own nursery, foraged wild tropical fruits and the freshest possible seafood are the key ingredients.
Jeremy’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious: “I will forever be a student of food and the myriad possibilities each raw ingredient holds. I cook because it relaxes me, brings out the artist within. It challenges me and allows me opportunities to travel. Food is at the heart of all meetings between people. Never repetitive, always exciting, with food I am surrounded again with the scents and colours of my childhood summers. I cook because food is my culture”.
Jeremy describes North Island’s food philosophy as “fresh, seasonal and relevant”. The emphasis on freshness (of approach and of ingredients) is integral to the creation of each day’s menu. Jeremy and his team enjoy meeting with guests and creating any special requests to furnish a completely personalised dining and ‘private chef’ experience.
The many dining locations on the Island lend themselves to a range of food experiences depending on each guest’s mood. The Island Piazza offers gracious candlelit dining in an atmosphere of refinement and romance; West Beach Bar serves up freshly baked pizza and tapas-style barbecue snacks – the perfect accompaniment to one of the Island’s signature cocktails. The private in-villa dining experience is all about comfort food and choice, and guests can enjoy the generously-stocked pantry or the delicious home-style menu.
North Island’s new dining concept can be complemented with a perfectly-matched selection from the 166 different wines on the North Island wine list, with over 20 world-renowned regions represented. Bon appétit!
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About Wilderness Safaris: www.wilderness-safaris.com
Wilderness Safaris is an ecotourism company that specialises in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across seven different countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
Wilderness Safaris firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies and conservation and community development vehicles that together endeavour to use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.
About North Island: www.north-island.com
North Island is one of Africa’s most exclusive private islands, situated 30km from the main island of Mahé, Seychelles. Extremely isolated with only 11 spacious guest villas, North Island is renowned for its luminous white beaches, filigree reefs and azure Indian Ocean.
North Island offers an unrivalled all-inclusive experience where guests are able to choose whatever they want to do and eat, whenever and wherever – private beach dinners being a firm favourite. On land or in water, the choices on North Island are many and varied – from cool forest trails and mountain biking to snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fishing expeditions and romantic sunset boat cruises.
North Island is a sanctuary where natural habitats, long neglected, were rehabilitated so that endangered Seychelles fauna and flora could be reintroduced and given a place to grow and thrive.