Chef Profile


Chef Profile

Executive Chef Walter Thenisch

Royal Cliff Hotels Group & PEACH 

Executive Chef Walter Thenisch is the main pillar of the Royal Cliff’s successful culinary foundation. Chef Walter’s roots and training are in his native Switzerland. After working in Europe, the United Kingdom, Bali and Bangkok he found his home of 30 years at the Royal Cliff. Chef Walter has personally trained and molded the Kitchen Team into a dynamic engine bursting with creative gourmet flavours. 

It would be a great feat to list all of Chef Walter’s prestigious accomplishments, awards, and innovations as he is a highly decorated man. Needless to say, his many accolades are a testament to his great skill and dedication to service. 

Chef Walter is a true delight and opens his heart to every guest and diner. He is one of Royal Cliff’s brightest gems. 


Chef Watsan Chantarasombat

Chamu- Japanese Corner

Khun Watsan started his career at the Ambassador Hotel in 1982 where his passion for Japanese cuisine motivated him to refine his skills and technique. He began in the Royal Cliff in 1992 as Japanese Chef and has been the key ingredient to the success of the Grand Hotel’s Japanese corner.



Chef Hosan Raj Giri

Maharani – Queen of Indian Flavour

A young, yet dynamic element of the Royal Cliff team is Chef Hosan. He hails from Nepal where he has worked for an impressive variety of hotels and restaurants. Chef Hosan’s pleasure is to liven up each dish with his personal flair. Determined and in-touch with clients; he is the ideal addition to Maharani, Pattaya’s best Indian restaurants



Chef Lek Pophan

Panorama- Dramatic Atmosphere

One of the Royal Cliff’s culinary pillars, Chef Lek began his career at the Nipa Lodge in Pattaya where he underwent basic cooking practices in Italian, Western and Thai styles.

Afterwards, he moved to the Royal Cliff, where he is proud to call home for the last forty years! He holds the position of Sous Chef in charge of Panorama- Dramatic Atmosphere, the resorts 24-hour restaurant. Chef Lek ensures the international menu’s quality and authenticity for every guest!



Chef Somsak Suksomsungserm

Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Tradition

Chef Somsak is a truly multi-faceted chef! 

He ran Larn Thong for the last 8 years where he successfully creates a delicious and authentic Thai-cuisine experience for all. And while his Thai cuisine is amazing, don’t miss out on Chef’s many Russian specialties. 

Chef Somsak also in charge of the Royal Cliff’s Hal-Q Certified Halal kitchen, where his expertise contributes to the high standard and quality of every dish! 



Chef Wattana Naiyanit

Bakery Chef 

After his formative years spent at a renowned bakery in Bangkok and leading properties throughout Thailand, Chef Wattana Naiyanit embarks on his new journey at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group as one of our award-winning pastry chefs. With over 2 decades of professional experience from both savory and pastry training, his desserts are marked by unique textures and thoughtful presentation. Chef Wattana's gift and commitment to his craft has proven to be a great addition to the team.

Serving up authentic, creative cuisine in inviting surroundings from Thai to Chinese and Japanese to Italian, Indian and beyond, the Royal Cliff Hotels Group has been the epitome of culinary excellence throughout the years.



Chef Massimo Gullota

Rossini - The Godfather's Favourite

Born in Rome, Chef Massimo Gullota was always interested in cooking, and learnt the art from his grandmother who ran a tavern serving Italian food since he was only 9 years old. After working in Germany for 10 years, he moved to the United States and spent the next decade working at renowned restaurants. Chef Massimo's experience in authentic Italian flair, an understanding of the Asian palate and his ability to infuse seafood flavors into each dish makes him a perfect addition to oversee Rossini – The Godfather's Favourite.



Chef Artid Suntisukhathai

Chrysanthemum - Dynasty Chinese Cuisine

Chef Artid has notched up over 20 years of Cantonese culinary experience at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group. Born in Thailand, he grew up surrounded by the fresh flavours and complex tastes of Chinese cuisine. He began his professional career in award-winning hotels throughout Thailand and later moved to several countries in Southeast Asia namely Singapore and Indonesia where he enriched his culinary skills.

Today, Chef Artid oversees Chrysanthemum –Dynasty Chinese Cuisine with his expertise and talent, ensuring that every dish served here is a culinary work of art!



Chef Pasechnyi Myroslav

Caprice - A Taste of RivieraTerrace @ Caprice, La Ronde - Pool Sensation

CChef Slava joined the Royal Cliff Hotel Group's award winning culinary team to bring culinary concepts with strong passion for innovation. Coming from Ukraine Chef Slava has experience in Eastern European as well as Thai cuisine and will be the new pearl of the Caprice offering a new world cuisine and fine wines.






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