CHEFS WHO TAKE A STARRING ROLE
There are chefs in Bangkok who, sometimes from humble beginnings, have built a career and a reputation from sheer talent and hard work, to the point where they become celebrities and fill their own restaurants night after night.
Chef Ian Kittichai is perhaps the leading example. We first knew Ian years back, when he was with Four Seasons, and we watched in admiration as he became Thailand’s first international superstar chef. For this feature we visited his flagship Issaya Siamese Club, one of the most popular dining spots in town.
Philippe Peretti we met when he first arrived in Bangkok, following several years spent working in a number of Michelin-rated European restaurants. He opened Philippe 21 years ago, during the Asian financial crisis, but his style and personality won him immediate success, and he is still going strong with a large and devoted following.
Francesco Lenzi, whose family owns a farm in Tuscany, worked in Italy before coming to Bangkok, where he made a name for himself at a couple of very successful ventures before opening his own restaurant, Lenzi, three and a half years ago. The restaurant was a success from the very beginning.
Young Thai chef Tee Kachonklin spent six years cooking in London before returning to Bangkok, bringing some fresh and innovative ideas with him and feeling that he could combine these with strong Thai flavours. La Table de Tee is a chef’s table restaurant, where Tee serves his own set menu.