Meet the Chefs of Discovery Hospitality

Anthony Raymond

Vice-President and Director of Food & Beverage of DHC

Chef Anthony Raymond is the impetus of Discovery Hospitality’s vibrant collection of award-winning restaurants and bars around the Philippines.  From Boracay, Palawan, Makati, Ortigas and Tagaytay, Chef Anthony’s management skills, sheer creativity and passion for gastronomy are seen through the colorful menus of the homegrown hospitality group.

Highly-driven and passionate about his art, Chef Anthony took further studies in Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France with a Le Grande Diplome for Cuisine and Pastry.  In 2008, he went to Cornell University New York, where he mastered Restaurant Revenue Management.

Bringing with him a wealth of culinary experience, Chef Anthony has worked in The Peninsula Beverly Hills for over eight years, a Five Star, Five Diamond luxury hotel.  Michelin Star Chef Tateru Yoshino of Restaurant Stella Maris in Paris personally trained Chef Anthony, who has also catered with internationally-renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck, Govind Armstrong and Alan Wong.

Having resided around the world, from France, the United States, the Philippines, Singapore, to Puerto Rico, Chef Anthony takes inspiration from his many travels and specializes in French, Asian and Modern Californian cuisine.

 

Luis Chikiamco

Executive Chef, Discovery Primea

Also a former Executive Chef of Discovery Suites, Chef Luis currently helms Discovery Primea’s restaurant outlets drawing from an extensive culinary background, training and experience spanning more than a decade in France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Holder of a degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management from L’Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, Chef Luis would later apprentice at the Auberge et Clos de Cimes, a three-star Michelin Guide establishment in Lyon, France.

From then on he continued to hone his culinary knowledge and skills with each engagement that included the Intercontinental Hotel, Soleil Moderne Café, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Illustrado Restaurant as well as being Chef Instructor at the Henry Sison and CCA Manila Culinary Schools.

 

Gerwin Bailon

Executive Chef, Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites

Hailing from the province of Isabela, Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon boasts more than 10 years of culinary expertise, starting from the humble kitchen of his grandmother since he was a kid.  Through his unparalleled dedication and passion, he took a leap overseas, training from different master chefs from different international hotel chains in Middle East.  He focused on being a jack of trades and was dedicated to learn the art of international cuisine.  After years of extensive experience, he made his way back to the Philippines in 2014, and took the helm of Discovery Suites and Discovery Country Suites as Executive Chef.

 

Angelito Bagwan

Executive Chef, Discovery Shores Boracay

Born in Quezon City, Ghell left behind a career in pharmaceutical & cosmetic manufacturing to pursue passion in culinary.  At early age of 18, he started as a working student doing part time in fast food and pizza companies.

In 2006 when he decided to take up Culinary Arts, after graduating as Valedictorian of his class, he decided to take his passion overseas finding his way in Reno, Nevada working as Cook’s helper in Peppermill Hotel and Casino.  He then relocated to Wellfleet, Massachusetts working as Line Cook of Mac Shack Seafood Restaurant.  After few months, an offer came to work as Garde Manger of Marco and Pepe Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He worked his way up until he became the restaurant chef in 2 years’ time.  After 5 years working abroad, finally came to a decision to return back to his country and that is where he started in Discovery Shores Boracay as Chef de Partie of Indigo Restaurant.

3 years later he became the Senior Sous Chef of the property handling the culinary department operations of the resort.

 

Alex Phaithoon Atthasarn

Executive Chef, Club Paradise Coron

Chef Alex Phaithoon Atthasarn is the current Executive Chef of Club Paradise Palawan.  He is from Thailand who lives in the Philippines for more than 16 years.  He started his culinary career in Manila Peninsula for almost 14 Years.  He is now 2 years in Club Paradise serving guest that’s all heart.

 

 

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