Phuket, ThailandDusit Thani Laguna Phuket invites Australia’s celebrity chef, Mr. Ben O’Donoghue, to the resort, bringing Thailand a truly exciting and entertaining Australian culinary experience.

One of Australia’s favourite celebrity chefs, Mr. O’Donoghue has devoted himself to the culinary arts since youth. This passion has never failed to bring him pleasure nor ceased to stimulate his imagination. His career began in working at prestige Australian restaurants, such as the Tribeca and Goodfellas of Sydney and Jessica’s in Perth, which eventually brought his path to London.

His natural talent escalated him to the position of Executive Chef at the renowned Atlantic Bar & Grill. With the unique seasonal menu he created, he was able to help the company be contracted to open the National Dining Room at the National Gallery. Mr. O’Donoghue is now the Creative Director of Food for the Great Australian Pie Company in the UK. He is also known from the popular Australian TV series The Best and Surfing the Menu. Moreover, he was invited as the food judge for Lifestyle Food’s recent Great BBQ Challenge series, and has also appeared in both BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Planet Food. He is a columnist for Delicious magazine and has also released a cookbook in October 2008, called Outdoor: Grill Your Way Round the World.

“The visit of the Top Chef from the highly acclaimed BBC series “Surfing the Menu”, Ben O’Donoghue is a wonderful and delectable opportunity that will please all those Gourmet hearts and souls during this Gourmet delight weekend, said Alexander Mack, Director of Food & Beverages, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

O’Donoghue will amaze Phukets’ food lovers with a Modern Wine Dinner –“Penfolds’ vs BEN” by Chef Ben at the stylish award-wining La Trattoria, the most picturesque Italian restaurant for fine dining (THB 2,500++) on 19 September.

Follow by “Surfing with Chef Ben” – a trendy BBQ Brunch by the Beach with free flow Australian Lindemans red and white Wine at breezy Casuarina Beach Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants for steak and grills with air conditioned space right on the beach  (THB 1,400++) on 20 September.

“We promise to pursue for more exciting gastronomy and culinary event to this colorful island again soon” Alex added.

Guests can also enjoy Australian culinary experience presented by Mr. O’ Donoghue on September 17, at Dusit Thani Bangkok:  a Cooking Demonstration & a 4-Course Lunch at Hamilton’s Steak House [THB 1,600 net] and a fabulous Wine Dinner at il cielo Italian Restaurant [THB 2,900 net].

“Cooking for me is 50 percent confidence, 40 percent passion and 10 percent technique and skill. Be brave and eat anything because experience is everything” Chef Ben’s says in his latest book.

Source: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

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

L’Orée de la Forêt

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