Chef Chai’s roots stretch beyond the shores of Samui to the northern capital of Chiang Mai where his passion for Thai cuisine was born in the comforts of his family kitchen. As a youth, he delighted in helping his mother in the preparation of the family’s meals and became inspired by the sights and smells which surrounded him.
This curiosity for all things culinary was nurtured during his formative years until he took on apprenticeship roles at local Thai eateries in Pattaya and Bangkok following his education. As a means to expose himself to service operations, he assumed a position at Vertigo, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s al fresco rooftop restaurant and bar, where he remained for five years under the guidance of Banyan Tree’s Director of Cuisine.
As Banyan Tree Samui was set to launch in 2010, his desire to return to the kitchen was fulfilled when he joined the pre-opening team at Saffron. Under the tutelage of Banyan Tree’s Corporate Chef, he refined his skills to swiftly rise to become head chef at the resort’s signature restaurant where he serves delectable dishes from all regions of Thailand. As the recipient of Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant award for two years running, his team has been further inspired to continue embracing the fresh and fragrant ingredients of the country, and to craft menu options that are uniquely their own.
From humble beginnings to resounding success, Chef Chai exemplifies the spirit of Banyan Tree in his passion for learning, mentorship of his team and his endless desire to deliver memorable culinary experiences for guests from all corners of the globe.
Banyan Tree Samui
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