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Novotel Samui’s New Executive Sous Chef Makes Unparalleled Promise

February 25, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi kicked off 2017 with the appointment of Chanwit Kongkeawkren (34) as its new executive sous chef, on January 5.

“We adapt as per the guests’ requests. If they’d like to eat something from Italy, France or, up to a certain extent something from Japan or Korea that is not on the menu, we can find that for them,” promises chef Daeng. Ask him for wagyu beef, tuna from Japan, or mozzarella di bufala 24 hours in advance, and he’ll make the magic happen thanks the hotel’s suppliers of premium products. While some ingredients used at Novotel Samui’s restaurants are imported, fish and seafood are sourced fresh from Ranong’s fish market.

Hailing from Phatthalung province, in Thailand, Kongkeawkren decided to become a chef at the age of 17, when he said to himself: “I like to eat and to try different things – I want to learn how these things are prepared.” A big fan of watching cooking shows and competitions on TV, as well as dining out with his family, his favorite dish is the Thai yellow curry with snapper. Chef Daeng acquired extensive experience working as senior sous chef and chef de partie in Krabi, Hat Yai and Koh Samui, where he developed his expertise in both Thai and international food, as well as his passion for Italian cuisine, which he also shares at the hotel’s restaurants.

Since January, and for the rest of this year, Novotel Samui is offering a monthly selection of specials in its three restaurants: @Beach Restaurant&Bar and Palm Court (both offering Thai and international food), as well as Tom Yam Thai (authentic Thai). For updated F&B promotions visit

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