Kitchen Connection - Featured Cheffie: Melissa From Thailand
A banker turns chef. I quit my finance career to cook in a Thai palace before moving to NYC.
Who is your favorite person(s) to cook for? / Eat with? family and friends
What are your favorite dishes or cooking topics to teach? Beef green curry/ fried chicken with basil
Do you have any cooking/food superstitions? I believe cooking can compass love to the dish. My technique to make a delicious meal is to put in my heart and soul while cooking and preparing.
If you could get a tattoo of a food, what would it be and why? My left hand, because I am a left-handed cook
What is one dish, drink or food topic that you really want to learn or master? Carving Marian plum: Marian plum carving is a valuable heritage of Thailand. Because of its tough skin, it requires master techniques of fruit carving.
Favorite food(s) /drinks from your home country (ies) Thai ice tea
Favorite food(s) / drink(s) from other countries: Brown cheese
If you're not living in the same place where you grew up, how have your food traditions changed/ evolved with you? Adopt local ingredients that I can find in other countries but try to remain in an authentic style
Who was the first one to expose you to cooking/good eating? Who has the most influence on how/what you cook? * My mom. I'm Thai with 100% Chinese blood. My family believes food preparation and consumption is the symbol of love. My family also believes women need to be great in household tasks, especially cooking. Even though she worked for 8 hrs, she woke up early to cook rice, accompanied by 4 main dishes to share per meal for 4 family.
What is your never fail piece of cooking advice? Did someone pass it on to you? Did you learn that lesson the hard way? * Your mind is the main ingredient.
What would your last meal on Earth be? peanut butter with cracker
Favorite kitchen equipment/gadget? Granite mortar and pestle
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