Imported by Thammachart Seafood, it’s a certified sustainably wild-caught product
Daniel Masters, Executive Chef of The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, has an impressive resume that includes Michelin-starred restaurants in four different countries, which has equipped him with a deep understanding of regional and global trends.
His culinary vision aligns perfectly with The Standard Group’s global reputation for quality, innovation, attention to detail, and fun.
At the 155-room Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, chef Daniel oversees The Standard Grill, as well as Tease, a tea room, The Parlor, a social hub, and Sky Beach. the highest rooftop bar in Thailand. He also looks after hotel operations such as banqueting and in-room dining.
His quest for new and interesting culinary ideas becomes apparent this month when he adds Fremantle Octopus to the menu of The Standard Grill.
Imported by Thammachart Seafood, sustainably wild-caught Fremantle Octopus is found only in the pristine waters of the Western Australia coast. It is certified by MSC (Maritime Stewardship Council), which sets standards for sustainable fishing.
“I’m very excited to have Fremantle Octopus on the menu,” says Chef Daniel. “It’s a great product that has a rich, slightly sweet taste that comes from the premium seafood it eats – lobsters, abalone and crayfish. It’s a delicacy relished in Japan and the Mediterranean, cooked sous vide with white wine, thyme and cherry tomatoes then finished on the charcoal grill.
Among the longest-standing traditions of Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy Club has been our annual visit to Chesa Swiss Restaurant
Our Swiss sojourns used to be mid-year events, but since Covid they have been later in the rainy season to coincide with the autumn game season in Europe. We are thus able to travel freely, albeit vicariously, throughout Europe to sample culinary delights normally not available at other times of the year.
Last year our menu featured pheasant and red deer. This time – on the occasion of our twentieth lunch at Chesa – we had a different type of venison (there are many different species of deer), as we virtually wended our way, course by course, around and through the Alps, sampling regional cuisines and wines of Southern Europe.
Our first stop was the bar for an Aperitivo, Cordero di Montezemolo’s Langhe Arneis 2019 (Langhe DOC, Piedmont, Italy), and an Antipasti selection of cured meats, hand-carried from Italy by Club President Tom Whitcraft, along with assorted pickles, olives, and freshly sliced veggies. Wine Spokesman Andrew McDowell had never heard of the Arneis grape that is native to northwestern Italy and used exclusively to make this full-bodied white wine, but he found it “very pleasant” with low acidity and nice taste that went well with antipasti.
After seating, Chef Rene shepherded us to the French-speaking part of Switzerland, serving us an Amuse Bouche comprising a miniature Cheese Fondue and Goat Cheese Profiteroles. Food Spokesman Mark Guthrie liked both the artistic presentation and the piquant flavors resulting from a dash of paprika on the fondue and spicy arugula (rocket) paired with the goat cheese. It also went very well with our second white wine, Cantina Terlano’s Kreuth Chardonnay 2020 (Alto Adige Terlano DOC, South Tyrol, Italy).
The BigChilli talks to HE Mr. Pavel Pitel, Ambassador of
the Czech Republic to Thailand
When did you begin your posting in Thailand and how long will you be stationed here?
I arrived in Thailand on August 1st and officially began my duty by presenting the Letters of Credence to the hands of H.M. the King of Thailand on October 7. My tour of duty will be 4 years.
What are your impressions of Thailand so far?
I have been to Thailand many times before and I am really excited to explore the country again and to see how it has evolved and changed since my last visit. My kids and I love the sun and sea and I hope to enjoy plenty of it here. We also love sailing and straightaway became members of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya. I also wanted to present the rich and authentic culture to my teenage kids so that they have a better understanding of this beautiful part of the world.
Many people are still unaware that the former Czechoslovakia is now two countries. Please give us a brief recent history of the Czech Republic.
The history of my country is very rich, and it is connected to the history of Europe. Since 1918 when the former Czechoslovakia emerged from the ashes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, we have had to face German invasion and occupation during WW2, communist regime inspired by Soviet totalitarian system led by Stalin, and Russian military invasion in 1968 crushing the beginning of democracy and prosperity.
Finally, in 1989 we became free again thanks to the positive situation in Europe and we have again started to rebuild our country. The newly acquired freedom also inspired the desire for greater autonomy and self-determination of many nations in former communist countries like Yugoslavia. The Slovak part of the federative Czechoslovakia also desired greater autonomy and finally decided on independence. We are extremely proud that the process of division of Czechoslovakia, even though it was not easy, was carried out peacefully and without a single person killed or a single drop of blood spilled. In this we may serve as an example that peace is the way.
Soon after in 2004, both Czechia and Slovakia became members of the EU and our relations are excellent. We work together in EU, NATO, V4 and other regional and international organizations. The Russian colonial war in Ukraine brought us even closer.
Already in the pre-war period, Czechoslovakia maintained numerous contacts with Siam, including commercial ones. Czech shoe company Baťa started activities in Siam as early as 1929, continued by opening dozens of stores by the end of the 1930s.
Pattaya's ‘other Beach Discover a laid-back and tranquil resort located between two great seaside rivals
By Colin Hastings
With record-breaking land prices and beach houses costing hundreds of millions of baht, it's no wonder this stretch of coast is being dubbed Billionaire Street Are we talking about one of Thailand's fabulous international resorts like Phuket, Samui or Ko Tao?
No, this is Dongtan Beach, sometimes also known as Pattaya Park Beach, a surprisingly delightful and still under-commercialized beach strip situated between Pattaya and Jomtien that has caught the eye of shrewd investors in recent years and is now captivating visitors who in the past bypassed the area on their way to its two much better known beaches.
Despite escalating land prices, all small ocean front lots have now been sold and only one larger piece of land is still available - but you've got to be in the multi-millionaire class to buy it. On a nearby plot, a luxurious private pool villa is being constructed with an anticipated price tag of more than 300 million Baht.
Although Dongtan Beach is actually a continuation of Jomtien Beach, the main road connecting Pattaya's Thappraya Road and Jomtien skirts around the area, traditionally leaving it somewhat isolated and overlooked. It didn't help that Dongtan's beach road was for years closed at its far end, deterring visitors from exploring further. But that all changed a while back when the north end of the road was opened up and linked to the busy Phratumnak area of Pattaya. To date, the road sees little through traffic and parking is easy.
Dongtan's beaches are sandy, generally quiet and shaded by trees. It's a popular spot for family picnics and for watching often dramatic sunsets over Ko Larn. There are safe swimming areas and the presence of life guards makes it ideal for children. The reputation Dongtan once had as Pattaya's exclusively gay beach' is long gone and irrelevant.
Although Dongtan Beach is actually a continuation of Jomtien Beach, the main road connecting Pattaya's Thappraya Road and Jomtien skirts around the area, traditionally leaving it somewhat isolated and overlooked.
Passionate about rock climbing, fan of extreme sports, martial art, distance running, urban cycling, open water diving, yin yoga and more. Why this Brit loves Thailand
Giving happiness is a recognition that we are all the same in our desire to be happy, healthy and safe and that giving happiness to others leads to a happy life.
What is the mission of the Gift of Happiness Foundation?
Our mission is to ensure that needy children and families in Thailand are provided with the resources and opportunities needed to sustain a meaningful, healthy, and happy life. We unconditionally provide free happy events, plus tons of essential goods to thousands of people who normally have very little to be happy about!
We seek to expand the network of individuals we serve while forming additional collaborative partnerships with NGOs, schools, and agencies. We work to improve need identification in Thailand and the process of resource allocation. We are a non-religious and non-political charitable organization.
Tell us about yourself:
I was born in a caravan in Manchester, UK, in 1952. I had three sisters, sadly all deceased. Mum and dad worked 12-hour shifts in factories in the mill town of Bolton, Lancashire.
I went to a large urban secondary modern school where I learned
With over two decades of experience, Kavin Intertrade has managed more than 150 trade shows and owns a portfolio of 10 premium, industryspecific trade and consumer events.
Kavin Kittiboonya, Managing Director of Kavin Intertrade Co, Ltd said, "Established in 1999, the company has experienced unprecedented growth and success, acclamations from industry leaders, government agencies, and local and international associations. We are proud to be part of Thailand's exhibition industry that generates Bt53 billion and creates more than 43,000 jobs yearly."
Based in the heart of Bangkok, the company employs 26 highly experienced and dedicated staff. "The team takes great care of each step from preparation, conceptualization, execution, promotion, and facilitation. Our approach to business is unique, emphasizing local roots and global reach. Our intention is to create energetic, educational, and invigorating environments to achieve business goals of providing a business platform between sellers and buyers," said Mr. Kavin,
Kavin Intertrade's up-andcoming show is unique - it is a 3-combined international trade show under one roof: 'One-stopshop: food service, hotel, retail, and franchise solutions, which will be held on October 20-23, 2022, at BITEC, Bangkok
The first show is the 16th Thailand Retail, Food & Hospitality Services (TRAFS) - Thailand's NO.1 show of equipment and raw materials for restaurants, cafes, F&B, and food services.
The show is an excellent platform for hoteliers, restaurant managers, café owners, and those in food services to purchase or source new equipment and raw material, both food and drinks, from more than 100 Thais and international exhibitors, with more than 7,000 items worldwide.
With support from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), together with hotel and food industry associations, the ThaiItalian Chamber of Commerce, and leading food schools, the organiser has crafted many unique activities that are free to join so visitors can get the most out of their visits, such as Thai and Italian's food and drinks demonstrations, seminars led by