Chef Xavier Charest-Réhel is the exciting new Head Chef at Big Fish & Bar, the seafront dining destination at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa.
A Canadian national, Chef Xavier is only 25 but has a lifetime of culinary experience, having been born into a family of chefs and worked in kitchens from the tender age of 12. Having started his career at L’Incrédule, the sophisticated French bistro in Longueuil, Quebec, he then joined Toqué!, the stylish Montréal venue that is headed up by star chef Normand Laprise and was once selected as the “Best Restaurant in North America”. Laprise took young Xavier under his wing and the two formed a close relationship.
Having started out as a pot washer, Chef Xavier rose through the kitchen ranks to become Commis Chef and then Chef de Partie, before moving to Laprise’s second restaurant, La Brasserie T!, as Sous Chef. Capturing the trend of modern millennial dining, Chef Xavier moved to Italy in 2013 to learn from the masters of gastronomy, and then on to Phuket to become Executive Chef of Breeze at Cape Yamu, which was honored as the “Best Restaurant in Phuket” and one of Asia’s “Top Six Champagne Sunday Brunch” destinations.
That position was intended only to last for 3 months of the high season but his appointment at the Marriott Hua Hin soon followed and it now seems likely that there’s a long term future in Thailand. Chef Xavier’s cuisine reflects his deep love of food, art and travel with a unique, artistic twist to every dish. Harnessing authentic local ingredients and fresh produce is vital. He wants the ‘catch of the day’ to be just that; dependent upon what was caught by the local fishermen that day. Having achieved so much in a relatively short time, Chef Xavier is now bringing his dynamic, award winning culinary style to diners at Big Fish & Bar, which overlooks Hua Hin’s sandy beach and the Gulf of Thailand. It’s not just a seafood restaurant with Chef Xavier currently developing new menu soon to available.
Guests can look forward to cuisine that is funky yet simple, artistic yet artisan, and always created with love and passion. With Chef Xavier at the helm, Big Fish & Bar is strengthening its reputation not only as one of Hua Hin’s most exciting dining venues, but also as a ;must-eat’ destination for the new generation of foodies.