Chef Purmessur – featured chef at OCEAN Style RESERVEDnyc – Chefs of the Caribbean
Chef Veejoruth Purmessur has enjoyed a long, successful career in pastry arts. A native of the East Indian island of Mauritius, Chef Purmessur has served up his inspired creations to global audiences. He has lived and worked in many countries including the United States, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico, New Caledonia and the Dominican Republic.
As a young man in Mauritius he was bitten by the pastry bug when he worked at a part time baking job he held while attending hotel and catering school. Fresh from his studies, he took over the bakery at the Saint Géran hotel in Mauritus. Recognizing the need to further his culinary education he set out for the culinary university in France. Upon completion of his studies he moved to Turks and Caicos where he spent three years as a pastry sous chef.
After this he was employed by Sandals Resorts, Parrot Cay and Club Med for several years. After a brief detour back to Mauritius, during which he obtained the Assistant Pastry Chef position at the prestigious Victoria Hotel, he returned to Sandals Resorts International as Executive Pastry Chef at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa where he continued to perfect his art over the next five years.
He served long stints at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa and Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa. Chef Purmessur received specialty instruction in fine pastry, chocolate and sugar works at the über-esteemed Edward Notter School and this prepared him for a role as Group Pastry Chef for Sandals Resorts International. With seemingly limitless energy – his peers call him Ninja – Chef Purmessur was constantly on the move, overseeing pastry departments at 20 hotels in five different countries, and training and developing his staff of nearly 200 aspiring young pastry chefs.
Chef Purmessur’s culinary innovations have earned him several awards throughout his career, among them the Le Saint Géran World Award for Outstanding Achievement, and Bronze and Silver medals in the pastry competition at Taste of the Caribbean held annually in Miami. In June 2011 Chef Purmessur represented Jamaica in that year’s competition. He won a gold medal and Hansschank Commemorative award for most innovative menu.
He soon moved on to the United States where he was employed at the Concord Hotel Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. Not content to remain put he left Oklohoma and took up the position as Executive Chef at the Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in St Lucia from July 2013 until now. As the Executive chef he manages over 60 kitchen and stewarding staff catering to four specialty restaurants that serve Asian, Caribbean, Italian and international fare as well as a beach grill.
Affectionately k now as Chef P at Coconut Bay he also is integral in overseeing the purchase of products from international markets as well as ensuring that the produce grown locally for use in the hotel is of a high quality. He follows the current trends in Caribbean and French cuisine and infuses his own unique twists to ensure wonderful fusions.
Chef P is perfectly placed to put into use his years of training and experience as a baker, chocolatier and pastry chef in his present position at Coconut Bay to enhance the offerings at the various restaurants and at special functions.
Chef P has had extensive experience working with celebrity wedding gurus such as Martha Stewart wedding concepts , Wendy Cromer and Sylvia Winestock . He insists that working with his chefs to improve their skills and ability is the secret of success.
One of the highlights of Chef Purmessur’s stint at Coconut Bay is the weekly Chocolate Extravaganza.
Chef P is passionate and loves what he does in the culinary arts.
Chef Purmessur is one of the featured chefs at RESERVEDnyc – Chefs of the Caribbean. August 7, 2014. 267 Fifth Avenue, NYC.