Over 25 years ago my sister, Pat, and I came to Durham to live with our aunt. We worked in manufacturing for many years, but we were always passionate about food and cooking as it's a big part of our Thai culture. I hosted many dinners and events throughout the years in my house and always enjoyed the company and food. For many years the idea of owning my own restaurant had been brewing and now it's finally a reality.
I was born in Chiang Rai, Thailand and came to live here in 1994. I've always been passionate about food and cooking and in the summer of 2015 I went to the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York to study and become a chef. I've learned from many great chefs such as celebrity chef and author James Reeson and after finishing 2 years of schoold I wanted to get some NYC experiene and did a 2 month internship followed by 6 mounths of work under Top Chef Anit Lo.
I grew up in Lopburi, Thailand 2 hours north of Bankok. At 26 I've taken some cooking classes in Thaiand and discovered my passion. I'm a proud mom of 2 young boys that keep me busy.
Like my sister, Anita, growing up food and cooking was big part of my life. Although I love Thai food, pastry and baked goods has always caught my interest. In 2009 I've decided to learn in New York at the International Culinary Center were I immersed myself in pasty, cake making, and decoration. In 2014 I've sold my baked goods at the South Durham Farmer's Market, which was a great experience and the crowd was very supportive. After two years at the farmer's market I wanted to do this every day and when offered to join Bua Thai Cuisine as a Pastry Chef full time, I jumped at the oppurtunity.