A talented professional with a passion for leadership and coaching who has won a string of coveted awards during his 20-year career has been named Meliá Koh Samui’s executive chef.
Malaysian national Azizskandar Awang has joined the 159-room and 31-suite luxury resort on Koh Samui’s north-eastern coastline in the Gulf of Thailand, with ambitions to establish the island’s top fine dining restaurant at the new property.
Before joining the hotel, Awang was the executive chef at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort for almost four years, where he managed 55 chefs and clinched the prestigious Chef Hotelier of the Year award amid more than 300 applicants. Other accolades under his stewardship include Thailand Tatler naming the resort’s Tree Tops restaurant among Thailand’s top 10 fine dining restaurants in 2017.
Since 2006 Awang has been based on the island of Koh Samui. Meliá Koh Samui celebrated its grand opening on 10 January 10, unveiling a host of world-class facilities including two restaurants, a swim-up bar and a lagoon pool that loops through its grounds like a river.