Chef Seng is the leader of the Lao food movement to educate the greater D.C. area about Laos and its cuisine. Born in Laos, Chef Seng was forced to flee with her family at the age of twelve. She developed her love of cooking in a refugee camp in Nakhon Phanom in northeast Thailand. After coming to the US in 1983, she continued cooking for family and friends, before relaunching the Thai restaurant, Bangkok Garden in 2010. In 2014, she opened Thip Khao, a Lao restaurant in Columbia Height and home of the Lao food movement. Thip Khao has been named one of the top 50 new restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine. She opened her third restaurant, Khao Poon DC, in 2015. Chef Seng was named the Eater Awards 2015 Chef of the year.
Chef James is joining us all the way from California where he owns three award-winning restaurants: Commis, Hawker Fare, and Box and Bells. James’s food ranges from innovative New American to traditional family-style meals of his native Thailand. Trained at the California Culinary Academy, James has been recognized as a ‘Hot 20’ Chef and at the Four Seasons Bangkok’s 15th World Gourmet Festival.
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