Mr. Sethaphan Buddhani
Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office

When we were children most of us dreamed about riches, big houses, fast cars or something similar, but Khun Sethaphan Buddhani, the incumbent Director of Tourism for Phuket did not. From an early age he became aware of the inequalities in life and developed a deep concern for the poorest members of Thai society.

Indigo Pearl, Phuket’s distinctive lifestyle resort has appointed Stephane Duvacher, as the resort’s new Food and Beverage Director.

Stephane began his career in the hospitality industry at various renowned restaurants in France. “It is not often that you get an opportunity to join an esteemed organization such as Indigo Pearl and be responsible for the essential planning and operations of food and beverage. I am really looking forward to working with the culinary team at Indigo Pearl to deliver a dining experience that exceeds our guests’ expectations,” said Stephane.

Other prominent restaurants Stephane has worked at include, the Michelin One-Star-rated Restaurant Hotel L’Aigle Noir in Fontainebleau, L’Auberge de L’Ecritoire in Chateauneuf, Auberge L’Oree de la Foret in Plelan le Grand and he was also part of the team opening of Grange Park Hotel in the United Kingdom.

Stephane also previously served as Executive Chef at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza in Muscat Oman, Baguio Country Club in Philippines, Oasis Beach Hotel & Towers in Dubai and Kuwait Hilton where he catered to events for 19 heads of state and presidents.

In 2001, he joined five-star Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in Dubai as Executive Chef and within two years he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director. Subsequently in 2006, Stephane was promoted to Corporate Director of Jebel Ali International Hotels and was responsible for the Company’s pre-openings. Prior to his appointment at Indigo Pearl, Stephane Duvacher served as the Food & Beverage Director at Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands.

“Stephane is well-known in the culinary circuit and the team is thrilled to welcome him to Indigo Pearl.  I am confident that his commitment to service excellence combined with his creative approaches to dining, will further boost our goal to become a gastronomically reputed hotel,” said Mr. Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of Indigo Pearl

Source: Indigo Pearl

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Chaowalit ThinsukuNative of Phuket, Khun Chaowalit Thinsuku was recently joined the big family of Banyan Tree Phuket as the new Director of Food and Beverage, June 9, 2009. Being an experienced director, he has over 18 years experience in Food and Beverage Department at various hotels. He has joined The Maiton Resort, Phuket since 1991 and moved to work with Banyan Tree Phuket, The Allamanda, Blue Elephant London, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok, Four Seasons, Bangkok. Before moving to Banyan Tree Phuket, he was at Four Seasons Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru for the past 2 years.

Khun Chaowalit’s responsibility is to run the food and beverage service operation including achieving departmental overall goals and objectives of the Banyan Tree Phuket. He looks after the 15 resort outlets, 3 outlets in Alllamanda Phuket, 1 restaurant in Laguna Holidays Club Phuket and an all day dining restaurant, Bites@Laguna Village, in Laguna Village Residence to enhance the quality and appeal of the all cuisines.

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Source: Banyan Tree Phuket Hotel and Resort