Angsana Laguna Phuket is delighted to announce the arrival of Executive Chef Michael Kratz at the resort. Chef Michael brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the food and hospitality industry to the table. With his passion for classical French, and modern Western cuisine as well as a profound love of Thai cooking, Chef Michael will enhance the menu offerings for all four restaurants in Angsana Laguna Phuket and develop new signature food & wine pairings.
Describing his management style as “empowering and flexible”, Chef Michael cultivates a level of trust in his staff in the knowledge that they are capable of achieving their tasks. According to Chef Michael, this supportive and hands-off approach to the kitchen dynamic engages the people working for him and empowers them to work independently. Some of the chefs who have worked under him have gone on to run their own kitchens in hotels and resorts, become part of the Food team for the Australian Olympic Team, Jodie Gentle and Robert do Carmo have won ‘Best National Apprentice Chef Australia’ and Robert himself was named 2nd in Chef of the Year in Western Australia in 2005/2006.
Born in Germany, Chef Michael moved to Australia in 1982 when he was just 17 years old to embark on a career in the restaurant industry. He enjoyed working in the kitchen immensely and marked his development as a chef with every passing year. His work ethic, leadership style and approach to cooking earned him the respect of his peers and the admiration of his staff from very early on. He previously worked as the executive chef and food operations manager for Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) where was in charge of four states in Australia. At ALH, he was involved in many acquisitions and the transformation of struggling food outlets to profitable and exciting food destinations He has also worked for Disney Cruise Line.
With the arrival of this exhilarating new chef, Angsana Laguna Phuket invites our guests to enjoy Chef Michael’s culinary creations along with our signature hospitality and gorgeous location beside a tranquil lagoon and world-class golf course. Stay tuned for some exciting food and wine pairing events and themed buffets this year!