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Chef Christoph Pentzlin On A Quest To Turn Alila Villas Koh Russey Into Cambodia's Top Culinary Hotspot

29 March 2019

Alila Villas Koh Russey presents its new Executive Chef, Christoph Pentzlin, who brings with him a culinary vision where excellence and refinement meet casual chic and barefoot luxury on the Cambodian shores.

With a long list of accolades and a wealth of experience, the young German chef is an exciting addition to the team at Alila Villas Koh Russey. At just under thirty years old, his professional career already includes working alongside internationally acclaimed chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton, Sergio Herman and Peter Gilmore.

His dedicated passion for his craft and constant pursuit of excellence have taken Christoph across the globe to the most recognizable names in luxury hospitality, from the InterContinental Berlin to the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives, where he was awarded the winner of Most Outstanding Chef at the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge in 2016. Building on his successes there, Christoph later joined Amanyara in Turks and Caicos and, most recently, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin before deciding to bring his expertise to Cambodia.

I draw inspiration from what I see, the countries I visit and their cuisine.” At Alila Villas Koh Russey, Christoph sees an opportunity to build on what has already become a model of culinary refinement and elegance on the Cambodian coast. “I want Alila Villas Koh Russey to be a culinary hotspot where we serve the best food in Cambodia, where guests can have the best experience enjoying fantastic comfort food at the Beach Shack or sampling a mouthwatering dinner explosion at Horizon.”

Voted one of the top beach destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and The Wall Street Journal, Alila Villas Koh Russey has already gained recognition for its understated architectural elegance and casual seaside dining outlets. With a Champagne Billecart-Salmon Dinner taking place on May 3rd, Chef Christoph Pentzlin will have the chance to showcase his culinary prowess alongside some of the world’s most distinguished champagne cuvées.

For more information on the Champagne Billecart-Salmon Dinner on May 3rd, please email kohrussey(at)

The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalized hospitality, and bespoke journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any of Alila's hotels & resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavors of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila. For more information visit, follow us on Instagram @AlilaHotels or like us on Facebook.

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