PHIST 2023: Farm-to-Fork Gastronomy and Sustainability Unleashed

PHIST 2023 (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), the paramount sustainability event for the travel and hospitality sectors in Southeast Asia, is poised to captivate attendees with a vibrant showcase of how Michelin ratings can catalyze higher standards of sustainability and social responsibility within Thailand’s hospitality landscape.

In the heart of the bustling Phuket island, the stage is set for a remarkable convergence of culinary finesse and sustainable practices.

Culinary Brilliance Aligned with Sustainability Goals

Scheduled for the 4th of September, PHIST 2023 beckons with a dynamic and energizing itinerary, comprising interactive debates, engaging discussions, and enlightening exhibitions. The event will be graced by luminaries of the industry, including the eminent Banyan Tree founder, KP Ho, and the illustrious design icon, Bill Bensley.

In an exciting revelation, the spotlight shines brightly on SAii Laguna Phuket, as it prepares to host a spectacular exposition of world-class farm-to-fork gastronomy. A triumvirate of culinary virtuosos from the region is set to tantalize the taste buds of attendees. Leading the charge is Rick Dingen, the Executive Chef at Jampa Restaurant, acclaimed for his distinction as a Michelin Green awardee, symbolizing his unwavering commitment to zero-waste culinary artistry.

PHIST 2023: Farm-to-Fork Gastronomy and Sustainability Unleashed
(from left): Xavier Charest-Rehel, Executive Chef at Banyan Tree Phuket;
Tipaporn Phianthong, Head Chef of Banyan Tree Phuket’s Saffron Restaurant;
and Rick Dingen, Executive Chef at Jampa Restaurant

Joining him is Xavier Charest-Rehel, the Executive Chef at Banyan Tree Phuket, renowned for his stewardship of the Veya Pharm organic garden, championing immaculate farming practices. Adding to the ensemble is Tipaporn Phianthong, the Head Chef of Banyan Tree Phuket’s Saffron Restaurant, whose culinary prowess knows no bounds.

An Experiential Culinary Journey at PHIST 2023

PHIST 2023 promises to be a veritable feast for the senses. The celebrated chefs will take the stage, orchestrating a series of captivating live cooking demonstrations. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to witness the culinary magic unfold before their eyes while immersing themselves in the significance of sustainable practices, farm-to-fork philosophy, and the ethos of zero-waste dining. Moreover, they will be treated to the delectable fruits of the chefs’ labour, savouring their exquisite gastronomic creations.

Bill Barnett, the accomplished Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks and co-organizer of PHIST 2023, underscores the significance of this gastronomic convergence. He articulates, “The presence of these three esteemed farm-to-fork chefs at PHIST fills us with enthusiasm. The narrative of travel to resort islands in Asia has evolved beyond pristine beaches; for many travellers, the essence of a destination is encapsulated in its culinary offerings. Embracing sustainable practices not only benefits the environment, but also enables restaurants to craft authentic dining experiences, bolster local suppliers, and beckon discerning food enthusiasts.”

Culinary Integrity and Sustainability: The Banyan Tree Group’s Essence

At the nucleus of the Banyan Tree Group’s culinary ethos lies organic cuisine. Xavier Charest-Rehel, the visionary Executive Chef at Banyan Tree Phuket, has ingeniously established the Veya Pharm. This bastion of sustainability accentuates the integration of highly nutritious ingredients, ranging from earthy mushrooms to vibrant passionfruit, juicy tomatoes, succulent mulberries, fiery chillies, and an array of aromatic herbs and spices. These treasures grace the tables of the resort’s restaurants as well as the staff canteen, embodying a holistic culinary journey.

Chef Xavier articulates, “Within the realm of Banyan Tree Group, our enduring commitment to the utilization of seasonal, locally sourced produce in our culinary sanctuaries has spanned several years. Our devotion extends towards unearthing sustainable alternatives that forge a positive imprint on the environment and foster thriving local communities. The forthcoming PHIST 2023 event is a platform I eagerly anticipate, where we can illuminate our farm-to-table philosophy.”

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Culinary Stewards through Sustainable Initiatives

The Phuket Hotels Association, a co-organizer of PHIST 2023, ardently champions farm-to-fork dining and the ethos of zero waste. Encompassed within its “Green Planet School” initiative, the association passionately empowers Phuket’s educational institutions to cultivate petite organic gardens.

This visionary initiative imparts invaluable lessons to young minds, educating them about nurturing their own sustenance while safeguarding the environment. Currently operational in four schools, each aligned with an association member hotel, this initiative reflects the commitment towards fostering sustainable change at a grassroots level.


PHIST 2023 emerges as a beacon of sustainability, culinary excellence, and visionary leadership. The convergence of culinary virtuosos, united in their commitment to farm-to-fork principles, serves as a testament to the transformative power of gastronomy. As attendees immerse themselves in this gastronomic odyssey, they’re not only savouring delectable creations but participating in a movement that paves the way for a more sustainable and harmonious future.