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Phuket chef hands out over 2,000 free meals

Jack Burton



The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many heartwarming outpourings of charity, with a lot of businesses, both Thai and foreign, handing out free meals and essential goods to those affected by the crisis. The southern province of Phuket is no exception, with many pubs and restaurants joining in. But people in the island’s Bang Tao district might be surprised to learn that their meals were prepared not only by a career chef, but a student and disciple of legendary Chef Paul Bocuse.

Pablo Blattman, owner of Dedos restaurant, and his crew hand out more than 160 free meals a day and have now donated well over 2,500 meals to the community. Blattmann, born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, by a Swiss mother and Bolivian father, says the two cultures gave him insight in different universes of flavours.

At a time when most neighbouring restaurants are shuttered (or crippled by the ban on alcohol sales), Blattman says he wants to “give something back to the community which has given me so much.”

Phuket chef hands out over 2,000 free meals | News by Thaiger

Although the crisis means Blattman must temporarily close the restaurant (again) at the end of May, he intends to go on giving back to the community.

“Our commitment to our community is still here, and we will keep our efforts up, but in a different way: dry food, going to workers’ camps, going upcountry… be assured that every penny donated will reach people in need. We are keeping a strict accounting on all our expenses and any donor is welcome to check it.”

Those wishing to support Dedos’s charitable efforts may visit its Facebook page.


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    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    What has Tesco done besides rip off Thai people with their extravagant pricing schemes?

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    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:00 am

    and then? 2000 is not very much. me and 2 friends give out more than 600 meals every 2 weeks. and we are private guys. no company. private money and own effort.
    is this guy a friend of thethaiger? or why is he now getting promotion as the big hero, while lots of people in phuket are donating way more as him.
    thats a bad post, guys. a shame. thats not how you motivate other donaters, if you only promote golddiggers who do that for promotion, and ignore the people, who give their own money for poor people…

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    Bengt George Andersson

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    ‎Thomas Frippe Frisell‎ till Pim’s helping people’s group!
    Igtnedrtår sSotkdpeoldo.o n0ss8o:g2orued9 · Ban Kamala, Thailand
    Tuesday day 50 today! 450 portions of food today!
    Totally we gave away 28.680 portions of food last 50 days!

    Today many more children then usually! Can’t even imagine what goes through their heads when they have to stand in a queue to ask for food!?

    More than 28.000 meals we have been giving out but now we start to run out of money and food!

    We do this as long as we can but it is up to our donators how long time we can do this! We have no problem to make this for as long as possible but it is hard with no money or food donations coming in!

    Every portion of food with something to drink to it costs about 30 baht, that is 10 Sek or about 1 Euro! 28.680 portions of food and drinks is 850.000 baht! That’s 247.000 sek or 24500 Euro!

    Today we also had the Phuket has been good for us foundation here to pack the food again, thx guys!

    Big thank you to all of you that helps us with this! We are about 15 people who works with this every day, they are my hero’s!

    People come here with rice and frozen chicken and other things to! Other people or bars come with food that they made for us! Thx to Markus Etter from his company pasta express for that every day! You are the best man!

    Also a big thank you to all of our other sponsors! And our staff!

    Thank you so much to everyone who is contributing, we hope to keep this up every day until this crisis is over or as long as possible.


    (swedish) Swish to Marcus Frisell 072-8883120

    Paypal to Pim/

    Thai account to Pim /
    Chanidsara Kuntanawitaya): Krungsri bank 457-1-11817-1 Bancdetails: AYUDTHBK 68/26-27moo3 Kamala Kathu Phuket Thailand

    Or if you want to help us with food then we always need rice, noodles, food boxes, frozen chicken, water, small milk and juice boxes and vegetables!

    Thank you!
    Please share!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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