Chef Pitak Srichan has joined Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara in Abu Dhabi as Thai chef of signature restaurant, Pachaylen.
Having been with Anantara Hotels & Resorts for four years, chef Srichan previously held the same role at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, where he managed the operation of Dee Plee restaurant.
Chef Srichan commented: “This is a very exciting career change for me and I am delighted to be moving to Abu Dhabi and working with the talent team who reside there, creating new culinary experiences for the guests at Pachaylen every day.”
In addition to overseeing kitchen operations in the Abu Dhabi hotel’s fine-dining Thai restaurant, chef Srichan will look after the ‘Spice Spoons’ Thai cooking classes.
With a career spanning over 38 years, chef Srichan has worked for brands including Gstaad Palace and Four Seasons.
During a seven-year tenure at Four Seasons Resort Kho Samui, the chef became Thai cuisine chef instructor and he participated in the World Gourmet Festival for Four Seasons Bangkok – now Anantara Siam Bangkok – for three years running.
Chef Srichan began his career in Thailand, where he worked his way up from a chef de partie to Thai Chef. He has travelled the world, working in kitchens in Saudi Arabia, the UK, Germany and Malaysia.
Wael Soueid, area general manager of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa, Abu Dhabi said: “We are delighted to welcome Chef Pitak Srichan to run our signature restaurant, Pachaylen.
“He brings with him an in-depth understanding of Thai cuisine along with a deep knowledge of running a kitchen and team and we are thrilled he has joined us in Abu Dhabi after a successful few years at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.”