Sokoun Chanpreda, managing director of Hospitality Management and Development Asia (HMD Asia) and owner of Shinta Mani Hotels, has appointed Kien Wagner as executive chef for Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild; the hotel within the remote wilderness of the Southern Cardamom National Park, three hours’ drive from Phnom Penh is opening in November 2018.

Kien has worked at Hotel Sullberg in Hamburg, Hayman Island Resort in Queensland’s Whitsunday region, in Cambodia with The Blue Pumpkin and the Metropolitan Group before joining the Knai Bang Chatt Resort as executive chef in August 2015. Prior to joining Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild, he was executive chef at Anantara Angkor Resort in Siem Reap. At Shinta Mani Wild culinary offerings under Chef Kien will include wild edible plants sustainably foraged each day from the forest to accompany the best quality meat and seafood available.

“I am excited about this wonderful opportunity. My goal is to build a sustainable food forest restaurant experience, sharing the love for preserving and protecting nature with the community, staff and guests,” says Kien.