Dusit Laguna Phuket's executive chef - Thai and Asian cooking
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 Joseph Bender Executive Chef at Dusit Laguna

We are fortunate here at the Dusit Laguna that we have so many returning guests who stay for long periods," comments Chef Joseph. "I like to make special dinners for these valued guests who perhaps want more variety or have favorite foods not on our menus."

He has created popular buffet dinners around the pool three nights a week with a number of stations with cooks who prepare fresh foods according to the appetite and taste of the guest.

On Mondays, Chef Joseph supervises an international buffet where he alternates barbecue meats with rich carvings and a variety of skewers. Wednesdays is the fresh seafood night featuring shrimps, lobsters and fish caught daily from the surrounding Andaman Sea and Friday, he offers Thai cuisine from the different regions of the country. Each buffet night has a special live performance for guest enjoyment.

Joseph grew up in Germany after the war and his love of cooking came from his grandmother who made great food from very limited ingredients.

At age 15, he enrolled in a three year apprenticeship followed by a five year program at the Heidleberg Hotel School. He worked in kitchens in Germany during the summers and in resorts in the winters.
During his 20s, Joseph married and opened his own restaurant on the shores of Lake Constanz. His wife worked in the front and he ran the kitchen.

"This was a great time as we had a small restaurant with a loyal local following," remembers Joseph. "I could spend time with my customers and cook for them what they liked. At this time, I learned to cook what is fresh. That included venison from Switzerland and duck from France. The menu varied according to what was just coming into season."

After eight years, Joseph decided to travel. He worked in Kenya before arrived to Phuket in 1987 and joining the kitchen team at the recently opened Holiday Inn in Patong. He then moved to the Holiday Inn in Borneo and by 1990 was supervising 120 cooks in a major hotel in Xian, China. All this time he was learning about new foods and cooking techniques.

Chef Joseph returned to Thailand and worked at the Royal Garden Resort and the Central Samui before being offered the top position at the Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel.

"I love working in the kitchen. Every day is a new opportunity to be creative with the increasing variety of foods that are available on Phuket. Many chefs strive to become hotel managers but I like cooking and meeting my customers," he continues.

Chef Joseph supervises the international menu at the Laguna Café, has recruited an Italian team to provide authentic Trattoria cuisine and ensures that the Casurina Hut offers the best seafood available locally.

He is pleased to meet outside guests who want a special dinner from one of his kitchens. Just make a reservation and ask to speak to Chef Joseph at Dusit Laguna, tel: 324 320.

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