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Meet Chef of the Month Paul Smart.  Paul has cooked for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, won awards including the UK Commis Chef of the Year award at the Academy of Culinary Arts in 2007, the 2008 QLD Restaurant of Champions competition, Gold Medal in the Gold Box Restaurant Challenge in 2007, 2008 and 2009,…

The newly-opened Park Hyatt Bangkok is quickly making a big impression on the city’s luxury sector, and the man responsible for raising the culinary bar is the hotel’s first Executive Chef, Franck Detrait. Originally from France, and drawing upon a childhood influenced by the flavours of his parents’ native Provence and Bourguignon, Franck has enjoyed…

Heinz Trautmann is the General Manager at the Robinson Club Maldives. This beautiful resort belongs to the Robinson which is a Germany’s premium resort holiday provider. Heinz leads his team of multicultural staff to make sure his guests have a memorable experience while staying there. You can Heinz at a cooking station on his cooking duty days, by…

What is the secret to success in sustainable, purposeful tourism? How do you manage a destination and a company that is driven by purpose but still grow effectively as a business? What is important for hoteliers and destination managers to focus on moving forward in Thailand and greater Southeast Asia? These are the questions that are…

The Maldives, long revered as a paradise getaway among high-end and discerning travelers, is increasingly getting the attention of hotel investors involved in the Asian market. The beautiful environment, geographic proximity, and exotic draw of this destination has many flocking to the low-lying atolls of the Maldives (including our Editor in Chief, Wimintra, who recently visited). Investing…

Jorge Carlos Smith was born in Mozambique, with ancestral roots in Macau. He graduated Hotel Management from Huddersfield University. Landed his first job at THF Hotels in London and the Algarve then moved to Mandarin Oriental Macau and Hotel Bela Vista and remained in Macau for 10 years. Now, he is the General Manager at Hard Rock…

Adwin Chong is a Cluster General Manager of Windsor Plaza Hotel and Sherwood Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. A Malaysian born, Adwin has been in the industry for more than 2 decades He has been operating hotels in Vietnam since 2009. What’s the most challenging aspect in running your hotel? The biggest challenge…

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