Monday, February 19th, 2018

Six Star Executive Chef Drops Anchor at Outrigger Resorts’ Castaway Island, Fiji

PHUKET, THAILAND – Chef Markus Nufer has returned to his home in Fiji to become Executive Chef of Castaway Island Fiji after an outstanding career with five star cruise line Crystal Cruises. Markus was only 15 when he began cooking in Zurich in his native Switzerland and by 19 had obtained his degree as a chef from the Swiss Culinary Academy.

Markus Nufer

In 1991, he moved to Fiji to become Sous Chef for the Regent Four Seasons Resort before taking up a position with the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong as Sous Chef.

He later moved to the Mandarin Oriental Kahala in Hawaii as Executive Sous Chef.

In search of a challenge, he joined the six-star rated luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises as Chef de Cuisine on the exclusive Crystal Symphony and was quickly promoted to Executive Chef working across the Crystal Cruise Line fleet , a position he held for 16 years.

Markus has now dropped anchor at Outrigger-owned and managed Castaway Island and is looking forward to blending his global experience with the Asian, Indian and Fijian flavours for which the resort’s cuisine is famed. He began work at Castaway on May 9, 2015.

“My home is Fiji,” says Nufer. “I live here with my wife Maureen and my son Nicholas. We got married on the island of Modriki in 2000, where they made the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks.”

“Two years later we built our home which sits on 16 acres of land in Momi overlooking the bay outside Nadi.”

“It’s great to be home and I’m looking forward to working with the Castaway Island team,” he says.

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About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies operating in the Asia-Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. As part of its unique hospitality offering, the values-based company extends exceptional hospitality and authentic cultural experiences, incorporating local traditions and customs into the guest experience at each of its properties worldwide. Guided by more than 67 years of family leadership, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Resorts, OHANA® Hotels and Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Holiday Inn®, Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 43 properties with approximately 10,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Thailand; Mauritius. Upcoming Maldives, Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. For online information, log on at and

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