While collaborations between leading global hospitality companies and the world’s best chefs are not uncommon, the fact that Australian chef Dave Pynt of modern barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends is taking his winning style of cooking to the Maldives—specifically The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort—is news that we at T.Dining can easily appreciate, for a number of reasons.
Dubbed The Ledge By Dave Pynt, which is slated to open on July 1, it is Burnt Ends’ first overseas outpost, and it’s in just the sort of place you’d want to find such a concept. “It makes perfect sense,” Pynt affirms with a laugh, adding that while there’ll always be a time and place for fancy fine dining on beach, The Ledge’s location by the pool is an ideal spot and opportunity to showcase his cuisine style and brand of precision grilling and roasting, whether it’s a leisurely lunch of fish tacos in the shade or a dinner of the finest wood-fired meats and seafood you crave.
“Proper barbecue is what I think visitors to the island want,” he posits. “Imagine walking up in your beach shorts for a lobster roll.”