Baan Taling Ngam, situated on the unspoiled west coast of Koh Samui, has introduced an exclusive culinary tour with the resort’s Executive Chef Luke MacLeod. Chef Luke guides a personal tour of Koh Samui’s organic farms to cherry-pick the very best of fresh ingredients – on a Tuk Tuk!
The half-day experience includes visits to some of the resort’s local suppliers on a traditional Thai “Tuk Tuk” auto-rickshaw. Guests can then join Luke behind the professional open-plan kitchen at the resort’s Amber restaurant for an exclusive cooking class using the freshly bought ingredients followed by a sumptuous lunch to sample the wholesome dishes.
The day starts with a consultation with the Chef over coffee with the organic tour beginning right on the resort’s doorstep where guests are shown around the organic herb and aromatics garden by the resort’s resident gardener, Khun Pravit.
From here, the customised Tuk Tuk travels to Kasem organic chicken farm, located just 250 metres from the resort. Guests are able to select the fresh free-range eggs, and poultry also can be bought at the farm, depending on the chosen recipes. Other stops on the tour include a roadside fruit supplier with fruits harvested from a local garden, an organic salad and herb farm, and a local gardener’s pick at a road verge, followed by a stop at Lipa Noi for the fresh catch of the day.
“Fresh and quality ingredients is fundamental to cooking. No matter how skilled of a chef you are, you simply have to work with good ingredients, using fresh local produce which are well-balanced and full of taste” said Chef Luke.
He adds, “Anyone can fly ingredients half way across the world, to cook with ingredients they are used to and work within their comfort zone. But when you have such amazing local produce, it’s a crime not to make the most of it! I’m just happy to share my passion and experience in working with these wonderful ingredients and the amazing people who are behind them.”
Executive Chef, Luke MacLeod took helm of Baan Taling Ngam Resort’s kitchen in May 2012, following his tenure at renowned Michelin starred Chef, Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous Pierre Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong. Since joining the award-winning property, Chef Luke continues to elevate the resort’s culinary experience with its guests full of accolades for his clean-tasting and wholesome cuisine.
Mr Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of the resort, said: “we continually strive to provide the highest quality gastronomic experience at the resort, and Chef Luke’s Tuk Tuk Tour provides us with an opportunity to share our passion with our guests.”