-Marriott International’s Journey Week-

Phuket, Thailand – 5 May 2018 : JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in collaboration with 6 Marriott hotels & resorts hosted “Marriott Junior Chefs Cooking Battle” for their interns and talented chefs to showcase its culinary skill at the cook-off event as part of the Marriott International’s Journey Week, the initiative event held on May 4, at Marriott Café.

After spending a couple years cooked behind the stove, trained in the past six months and learned the culinary tips and technique in the hospitality business with Marriott International. ‘To The Journey’ continued with a few months of competing with their internally culinary associates and won over hundred contestants to become the representative team of their hotel. There were 7 representative culinary teams from JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Marriott Resort Phuket Merlin Beach, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Naka Island Resort & Spa Phuket, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa and The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket who battled its grand final out at the culinary challenge.

The official opening ceremony led by the guest of honour, Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor who took priority to attend the culinary challenge in order to encourage and support the new generation of these young chefs to showcase their kitchen skills at their best.

Every dynamic chef was in action at chef’s cooking stations with fully equipped, ingredients, herbs, spices all sources for their efforts in the kitchen. The secret and main ingredients were set with a core focus on locally sources and sustainability which were “Prawns from Sarasin bridge, Phuket; soft shell crabs from Phang Nga and famous Thai fruit, Mango. It was a fun-filled culinary challenge that the young culinarians had an hour to create 3 dishes, brainstormed, prepared, cooked and presented to the judges for sampling their creative dishes afterwards.

The judge panel were Khun Junjira Sittabut, President of Phuket Reporters Association; Marriott International’s General Managers and invited hotel guests who got the opportunity to observe and taste all of the food at the cook-off and praised those finalists for their work creativity, inspiration and story-behind the dishes.

“Putting People First - Take care of associates and they will take care of the customers”. This is our founder, Mr. Marriott’s philosophy and it has made Marriott International a great place to work for more than 85 years. Giving associates opportunities to grow and succeed is part of the company’s DNA. As a people-first company, our core focus is definitely our associates. The culinary challenge today is one of a great opportunity to showcase and reinforce our commitment”, said Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.

The Winner was JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. The 1st Runner Up went to Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach and the 2nd Runner Up was Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa.

The grand prize is the roundtrip air ticket and 3 days 2 nights stay at the Marriott hotel in Bali. Prizes and trophies also awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place, all contestants received the certificate and hotel vouchers as the recognition and appreciation.