(30 Aug 2021) The Melia Chiang Mai has appointed Suksant (Billy) Chutinthratip as Executive Chef and Jay Tadifa Abiang as Director of F&B.
Billy has more than 27 years of hospitality industry experience and started his career in the kitchens of The Ambassador Hotel and Convention Centre in Bangkok.
Since then, he has worked for a variety of prestigious properties including the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, The Peninsula Bangkok, Lotus One in Dubai, the world-famous Raffles Singapore, SkyCity Auckland Entertainment, the Hotel Nikko Bangkok, Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, Renaissance Ratchaprasong Bangkok Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok.
“With Billy’s wealth of experience at an impressive list of luxury hotels, working in many a pre-opening team, and Jay’s rich knowledge of the Melia brand and its Mediterranean food concept, we are well positioned to launch Melia Chiang Mai’s dining landscape during these unprecedented times,” said Edward E. Snoeks, GM of the Melia Chiang Mai.
Nine of Jay’s 16 years in the hospitality industry have been in hotel management with Melia Hotels International.
Prior to his appointment at Melia Chiang Mai, Jay was executive assistant manager at The Reed Hotel Managed by Melia and F&B manager at Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat in Vietnam. Jay also worked at Melia Hanoi as assistant F&B manager as well as a banquet manager and bar manager.
After completing a Bachelor of Science with a double major in tourism management and hotel and restaurant management at Baguio City in Philippines, Jay started his career as a bartender at the Press Club in Hanoi.