Samui chef wins prestigious award

tasty June 11, 2018 12:00

By The Nation

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Executive chef Azizskandar Awang of Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort has been honoured for his work in the kitchens with the chef hotelier of the year award at The Hotelier Awards Asia 2018.

The fifth annual Hotelier Awards, hosted by Singapore, recognises outstanding professional excellence across Asia’s hospitality sector. Attended by more than 350 hoteliers and industry professionals, the event celebrated award winners who shone amongst stiff competition, decided by a panel of expert industry judges in a two-round process, based on applications, interviews and testimonials. 

The award showcases the region’s most talented and hardworking hoteliers who create the most meaningful guest experiences, deliver the best financial results and make a positive impact on team members. Hospitality professionals were shortlisted from 70 international hotel brands.

Malaysian-born chef Aziz has a stellar reputation for skilful creativity and culinary art. Hailed as the best young chef in Malaysia, he played a vital role in Anantara Lawana Koh Samui’s recent awards, including Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant 2017, the TripAdvisor Winner of the 2017 Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants Thailand, The 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards - Luxury Unique Experience: Continent Winner, The 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards - Fine Dining Cuisine: Country Winner, and the Award of Excellence 2017 by Wine Spectator.

In the past year, chef Aziz has exceeded expectations by developing his HACCP skills, volunteering to train kitchen staff at a new sister resort on Koh Samui, and participating in an animal rescue charity initiative. Renowned for his great working relationship with other hotel departments, he keenly shared his best practices and concepts with Housekeeping, Spa and Front Office to raise service and operation standards across the hotel. 

In 2017 he organised highly successful wine dinner events in collaboration with other top Koh Samui chefs and also volunteered for a task force team at the first Anantara in Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Resort in Portugal, where he was congratulated for his outstanding work in sharing his knowledge and experience with more than 70 team members at six high quality outlets. 

Diners can discover his cuisine by calling (077) 960 333, or visiting