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Oliver E. Soe Thet

He was born on 03.10.1961. Oliver is

  • The eldest son of a German wholesale and retail family with two brothers
  • Married since 1996 with one son
  • Always working in Myanmar since January 1995 
  • A Buddhist Monk in Dadukhan Monastery – Shwepyithar in 1998


Horse Riding, Mountaineering, Sailing, Expeditions (Alaska, Bolivia, Peru, Russia, Scandinavia, Kachin), Music (Drums & Guitar), Scuba Diving, Travelling, Movie production, Football

Slogan: “… Keep it & Keep it Cooking … “

Education Details

  • 1980 High School Graduate
  • 1980 to 1983 Chef Apprentice, French Fine Dining “Novell Cuisine “
  • Certificates in: Train the Trainer “AEVO”, Ice & Fruit Carving, Cost Management, Leadership, etc 
  • International Certificate: Global Certified Culinary Judge – World Association of Chefs Societies

1985 to 1995 Executive Chef in Germany at:

  • French Cuisine Landsknecht Germany
  • Lindner  Hotels Rheinhof, Airport Dueseldorf, Landshut, Crans Montana

1990 to 1995 several Trainings in Thai Cuisine at Oriental Hotel Bangkok

1993 Italian Restaurant Chef in charge Imperial Hotels, Impalla & Tara – Bangkok

1995 to 1999 Executive Chef in Myanmar at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel & Nikko Hotel Yangon (Chatrium)

1995 to 1997 in charge for Culinary Training at Myanmar Hospitality Training Center Kandawgyi Hotel

2002 co-founder of Pyae Pyae Culinary Training Centre in Yangon

2013 co-founder of Rakhine Hospitality Training Centre in Ngapali

1999 up to now Hotel General Manager in Myanmar at:

  • Bayview Beach Resort Ngapali
  • Treasure Resort Ngwe Saung Beach
  • Tharabar Gate Hotel Bagan
  • Bagan Hotel River View – Old Bagan
  • Laguna Lodge – ECO Hotel Ngapali

As organizer / producer for Marketing Myanmar – Initiatives:

  • Several big series European TV Movie productions in Myanmar
  • Several documentaries on Myanmar rural areas and its Myanmar people
  • A series of Culinary & Wine documentary on Myanmar
  • Supporting actor in several Myanmar Movies
  • Co-writer for “The Food of Myanmar”, Perriplus Edition Singapore 1997
  • Co-writer of “Bamboo in Fine Dining” United Nation published
  • Writer to Asian “Wine & Cuisine” magazine Singapore
  • Organizing many Myanmar Traditional & International Food Competitions (1996 to now)



  • 2002 June/July – Global Chef of the Month from World Association of Chefs Societies
  • 2010 January – Global Humanitarian WACS Award of World Association of Chefs Societies


Volunteer Work in Myanmar

  • 1996 – now: charity operations with many medical specialist German / Swiss Dr teams
  • 1996 – now: wide range of medical and aid donations over 14 million USD worth to Myanmar people in rural areas.
  • 1996: co-founder & vice chairman of Myanmar Chefs Association, MCA
  • 1997: President of Myanmar Chefs Association, MCA
  • 2000: achieved full membership for MCA to World Association of Chefs Societies, WACS – 93 countries
  • 2000 – 2003: Country Manager of German Senior Expert Service – for vocational trainings
  • 2005 – 2010: Official Advisor for Environmental issues to the Myanmar Government 
  • 2008: organization of a three years aid support to 32.000 people at Twante Delta region after Nargis
  • 2010: co-founder and global board member of World Chefs Without Borders, WCWB
  • 2010: organization of direct and long term aid to Rakhine people after Giri Cyclone
  • 2011: organization of direct to people Aid at Tachilake Earth Quake 
  • 2011: twice to Somalia Border for 90 ton of Food Basket to people in need
  • 2012: founder of MCA International to create a network of all Myanmar Chefs outside the country
  • 2013: founder of Young Chefs Club – MCA for future development
  • 2013 – now: member of National Training & Certification Committee Myanmar
  • Present: Judge of WACS Culinary Art Competitions in Asia
  • 2014 : Lead of Swimming Doctor, Charity Hospital Boat at Ayeyarwaddy River Myanmar



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