SI­MON OS­THEIMER Wrote “Putting It All on the Ta­ble”

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“It’s in­cred­i­ble how much Phuket has changed in the last few years, and nowhere is this more ap­par­ent than with its din­ing scene,” says Os­theimer, who has called the is­land home since 2011. Writ­ing this story gave him a chance to ex­plore in-depth how a new wave of chefs is shin­ing a spot­light on the is­land’s culi­nary po­ten­tial and, per­haps, even gain­ing a few en­vi­ous glances from the Thai cap­i­tal. “For too long, Phuket has played sec­ond fid­dle to Bangkok. But now we’re fi­nally see­ing the emer­gence of a culi­nary evo­lu­tion that cel­e­brates south­ern Thai­land’s in­cred­i­ble in­gre­di­ents.” When he’s not con­tribut­ing sto­ries to the likes of CNN and

De­sign An­thol­ogy, the Hong Kong–raised writer can be found stand-up pad­dling or surf­ing, a sport he swears he’ll mas­ter one of these days.

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