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SO/ Bangkok invites Thailand’s top culinary talents for the 9th annual SO Amazing Chefs 2020

by Ashima

Get to know the talented chefs ahead of the series kick off.

Chef Penny Jirayuwatana
Better known as Penny the Chef, she’s worked as a pastry chef at some of the world’s most celebrated dining establishments including Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, Dominique Ansel Bakery in London, Le Gavroch, Harrods, the Mandarin Oriental London, Jean Georges in New York, and she also had the opportunity to cook at Windsor Castle. Chef Penny will host an exclusive cooking class at MIXO on Tuesday, October 27th. 

Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn
Also known as Chef Ton, he is the chef/owner of Le Du, Baan, Nusara and Mayrai, and Baan Taipei and Samyarn in Manila. An expert in contemporary Asian and Thai cuisine, Chef Ton is one of the only Thai chefs to have received a Michelin star and a place on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for Le Du. Chef Ton will co-host the ‘Past, Present and Future of Thai Cuisine’ dinner along with Chef Prin on October 30th, before presenting his modern Asian plates at the SO Amazing Chefs’ Sunday Brunch on November 1st.

Chef Chudaree Debhakam
The first winner of Top Chef Thailand, 27-year old Chef Tam graduated from The International Culinary Center in New York and has introduced her unique approach to contemporary Thai cuisine in six different countries. An advocate for waste reduction and sustainability, she currently cooks at Baan Tepa, which is her family home and garden restaurant. She will be co-hosting the Farm-to-Table, Medicinal Cuisine dinner along with Chef Num at MIXO on Saturday, October 31st before presenting dishes at the SO Amazing Chef’s Sunday Brunch on November 1st. 

Chef Kamol Chobdee-Ngam
Chef Gigg
is a multi-award winning chef who specialises in modern Chinese cooking. Having won many culinary contests including Iron Chef Thailand and The Dish, Thailand, he is now the chef/owner of Lerdtip, a celebrated Thai-Chinese restaurant that has been attracting diners for over 60 years. For this culinary series, Chef Gigg will co-host an eight-course fine-dining Chinese-Thai dinner alongside Chef Chalee at MIXO on Thursday October 29th. He will also be presenting at the SO Amazing Chef’s Saturday and Sunday Brunches on October 31st and November 1st.

Chef Prin Polsuk
A renowned expert in the art of cooking ancient Thai cuisine, Chef Prin worked at nahm in London (the first Thai restaurant in the continent to be awarded a Michelin star) before becoming head chef at nahm in Bangkok. Now he is at the helm of Samrub Samrub Thai, a private kitchen that celebrates classic recipes and authentic ingredients. Chef Prin will be presenting a ‘Past, Present and Future of Thai Cuisine’ alongside Chef Ton at MIXO on Friday October 30th before dishing up delights at the SO Amazing Chefs’ Saturday and Sunday Brunches on October 31st and November 1st.

Chef Chalee Kader
Chef Chalee is the owner of 100 Mahaseth. A talented chef, restaurateur, and consultant with almost two decades of top-level culinary experience he specialises in Thai and French cuisine and food sustainability. He has achieved a series of prestigious honours including being listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019 and 2020. Chef Chalee will co-host an eight-course fine-dining Thai-Chinese dinner along with Chef Gigg at MIXO on Thursday October 29th before presenting his French-inspired dishes at the SO Amazing Chefs’ Saturday and Sunday Brunches on October 31st and November 1st.

Chef Weerawat Triyasenawat 
Recognised as a chef, restaurateur, and pioneer of modern Isaan cuisine he helms Samuay & Sons in Udon Thani, a contemporary restaurant that showcases the finest local produce from Northeast Thailand. Following  a belief that food is medicine, Chef Num follows a philosophy of rediscovering forgotten foods and bringing them into the modern era. He is also a strong supporter of organic produce, local foraging, indigenous communities, and artisan producers. Chef Num will be co-hosting the Farm-to-Table: Food is Medicine eight-course fine-dining dinner with Chef Tam at MIXO on Saturday October 31st. 

Chef Supawit Muttaratana
is an award-winning mixologist who has won the Diageo World Class Thailand contest in 2012, competed in the Global Finals in Brazil, won Bartender of the Year 2019 at The Bar Awards, and won the Campari Bartender Competition Asia 2019 where he competed against 350+ entrants. Currently, he is the Group Bar Manager at Vesper, a bar listed at number 11 on the Asia’s Best Bars 2020 list. He will be demonstrating his skills at a special Mixologists Night at HI-SO on Thursday October 29th.

Chef Chaichat Noprapa 
One of Thailand’s experts in the realm of Japanese cuisine, Chef Randy trained under Iron Chef Morimoto and has now developed his own style that combines traditional Edomae flavours with modern culinary approaches. Chef Randy was also at the forefront of the ever-growing omakase trend in Thailand and is currently working at the popular Fillets restaurant in Bangkok. During the SO Amazing Chefs’ Saturday and Sunday Brunches on October 31st and November 1st he will treat diners to an exceptional style of Japanese cuisine encompassing rice bowls and hand rolled specialty maki

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