B. Pathmanathan Balagangdaram has joined Dusit Thani Pattaya as executive chef who will be handling the overall kitchen operations of the five-star Dusit brand hotel. A Malaysian national, he started his culinary profession in a beach resort in Penang, Malaysia and worked his way out to China and Australia where he successfully opened two beach resorts. Dusit International took him under its wing to open its properties in Maldives and Abu Dhabi. During a span of more than 20 years in the field of food and preparation, Chef Pathma has had the opportunity to work in other exotic places including Oman, Brunei Darussalam, the Island of Samoa and Denarau Island in Fiji. Prior to his new role at Dusit Thani Pattaya, he was the executive chef at Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. He speaks Malay, English, Indonesian, Tamil and Hokkien Chinese. Western, Asian, Malay and Pacific Island cuisines are among his culinary expertise.