Chris Dodds was born and raised in small town in Queensland, Australia called Innisfail. Having had an interest in cooking from a young age he decided it was to be his career. Chris now has over sixteen years experience in the kitchen and has recently been appointed Executive Chef of the popular Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa.
Phuketindex.com recently caught up with Chris and found out a little more about him and his work.
Can you tell us about your past career?
I actually spent four years learning my trade under the watchful eye of Chef Steve Szabo at Pallazo Versace, on the Gold Coast of Australia. However, I decided I really wanted to try to bring my style of cooking to a variety of cultures and therefore decided to move abroad. For two years I worked for a small boutique company in Malaysia called GHM, and prior to moving here I looked after two hotels, for three and a half years, in Abu Dhabi for a company called Rotana.
What is your food philosophy?
Firstly, food is always at its best when it’s the freshest and of the best quality. I’m in a good situation being able to select high quality ingredients according to the seasons and to bring in the very best products from abroad. Secondly, I’m a firm believer that the food should be the star of the show and that things should never be over complicated.
If there was one menu item that you could, but have never been given the chance to add, what would it be & why?
I have been very lucky and fortunate in my previous positions to have had total freedom to add what “Food is always at its best when it’s the freshest” I wanted on the menus. So if I got any ideas I could easily implement them.
Do you have a signature dish or a favourite you can share with us?
There are a lot of dishes I like to cook but one of them would be a fresh Seared Seabass with New Potatoes, Broad beans,
Tomato, Olives and Basil. It’s one of my favourite dishes to prepare and it has certainly been a favourite with customers on my previous menus.
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
555, Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, 83110 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 76 363 999
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