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Phuket Gets Its First Michelin Starred Restaurant

Off to Thailand? Keen for an unforgettable fine dining experience while you’re there? Farm-to-table style restaurant PRU at Trisara Resort has just been awarded One Michelin Star at the recent ‘Michelin Guide Thailand Star Revelation 2019’ Gala Awards in Bangkok. PRU is the first and only Restaurant in Phuket to receive the prestigious accolade. Sibling restaurant, ‘Seafood at Trisara’ also received the exciting Michelin Plate designation.

The restaurant’s critically acclaimed Chef de Cuisine Jim Ophorst is touted as an “inspiring voice of change” for elevating the farm-to-table movement in Thailand. At just 29 years old, Chef Ophorst is originally from the Netherlands and renowned for his imaginative cooking style and innovative techniques.

He joined Montara;s Trisata in 2016 where his talent and conviction inspired the conception of PRU. He is a two-time semi-finalist for S. Pellegrino’s annual Young Chefs Award in 2016 and 2017.

PRU’s culinary concept ‘Plant, Raise, Understand’ stems from Chef Jim and his team’s close relationship with local suppliers and farmers as well as the opportunities to forage and discover new ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm named ‘Pru Jampa’. The farm is located lakeside among plentiful local plants, herbs, organic vegetable gardens, free-range chickens and ducks.

 “I’m excited to discover new ingredients all the time because it pushes my creative boundaries,” said Chef Ophorst.  “My ultimate goal is to create a 100 per cent locally sourced menu. To cook something great, you need great products from great farmers. Great farmers are from strong communities. So, at PRU, we don’t want to be just a kitchen. We want to strengthen the local farmer community. This will yield better ingredients for better dishes at PRU. At the end, it is all about the happiness in every angle – from the farmers, to the restaurant team, to the guests at our tables,” he adds.

Located at the ultra-luxe Trisara resort, PRU is now officially part of the exclusive collective of dining establishments that can refer to themselves as Michelin-starred. For Montara Hospitality, the recognition signals greater aspirations for growth within in the culinary scene.

“The Michelin Star Award for PRU puts Phuket on the foodies’ world map and establishes Montara as a leader of innovative culinary destinations.” said Quentin Fougeroux, Montara’s Group Director of Food and Beverage.

Launched in November 2016, PRU creates a unique culinary experience celebrating products from the Andaman region and using the best ingredients found around Thailand. As part of the process, the team currently sources ingredients from PRU’s own farm and local purveyor communities of fishermen and farmers. Their goal is to source 75 per cent of the ingredients from their own farm by the end of 2019 and ultimately 100 per cent in the future.

PRU is open Monday to Saturday for dinner from 6.30 pm. Guests can choose between a 6 or 8 course degustation meal as well as choosing an additional wine matching option.

Published 13 December, 2018