Thai flavours re-invented

From his humble beginnings in Bangkok where as a child he pushed a cart through the neighborhood to sell food his mother made, Chef Ian Kittichai has become an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. Chef Kittichai is well known for his influence on Thai Cuisine and his unique approach to classic flavours and ingredients with varied cooking techniques. Chef Kittichai combines authentic culinary roots with a unique global insight into contemporary hospitality (Monocle Entrepreneurs Guide 2013). He has founded and partnered in diverse restaurants around the world, including Kittichai restaurant and Spot Dessert Bars in New York, Issaya Siamese Club and Namsaah Bottling Trust in Bangkok, and Tangerine at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore. Chef Kittichai can be seen as the lead judge on MasterChef Thailand and MasterChef Junior Thailand as well as on episodes of shows, such as Phil Rosenthal’s Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil.

Growing up surrounded by delicious home-cooked meals, Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn’s mother and grandmother’s flavours have contributed largely to his passion in cooking. Upon completion of his Economics degree from Chulalongkorn University, Chef Thitid took off to the USA to pursue his dream at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) where he became a top-scoring graduate. During his time in New York, Chef Thitid worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants - Eleven Madison Park, The Modern and Jean Georges. Aside from his passion for food, Chef Thitid’s enthusiasm for wine has also led him to become a Certified Sommelier (CS) from the respected Court of Master Sommelier. Now, the rising young chef is running one of the most exciting kitchens in Bangkok, Le Du (recent 1 Michelin star recipient and #20 in Asia’50 Best Restaurants 2019), as well as an always-reliable comfort Thai food home, Baan.