The Banayan Tree Phuket has appointed Chandra Mohan Arunasalam as executive chef.

The Malaysian-born chef has prepared dishes for several two- and three-star Michelin restaurants worldwide and his remarkable gift for food presentation has won him the World Golden Chef Award.


Chandra Mohan Arunasalam executive chef, Banyan Tree Phuket


Chef Chandra’s culinary journey began in his hometown in Malaysia and continued on to England and Maldives. He then spent most of his career in America, including notable work at the two-star Michelin Avenues Restaurant with Chef Curtis Duffy at The Peninsula Chicago.

He has also worked at several three-star Michelin restaurants, alongside legendary American chefs such as Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Chef Charlie Trotter at his celebrated restaurant, Chef Grant Achatz at Alinea and Trio, and Chef Curtis Duffy at Grace Restaurant Chicago.

Following his highly successful stint in the United States, Chef Chandra returned home to join Hilton Kuala Lumpur as Chef de Cuisine.