Six Thai chefs play host to six foreign chef friends, both groups from MICHELIN-Starred restaurants, on a journey to learn about the tasty ingredients various provinces in Thailand are famous for. Sea grapes, gourami fish, pomelo, pineapple, and snakehead fish are all elevated to fine dining dishes.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand, in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, developed a miniseries to highlight local Thai products. Six Thai chefs from five MICHELIN-Starred restaurants act as local guides for their six foreign chef friends, also from five MICHELIN-Starred restaurants in Thailand. Together, they travel to five Central Thai provinces to discover the favourite ingredients that locals love, providing culinary insights as only these leading chefs can.
This five-episode miniseries showcases the Thai products favoured locally. Viewers learn what makes these items special and became products of national pride to Thais, illustrating their uniqueness and value, while helping out local communities as well.
The local hosts explaining Thai cuisine are Chef Napol “Joe” Jantraget from 80/20 (One MICHELIN Star), Chef Supaksorn “Ice” Jongsiri from Sorn (Two MICHELIN Stars), Chef Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn and Chef Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul from Saawaan (One MICHELIN Star), Chef Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan from Chim by Siam Wisdom (One MICHELIN Star), and Chef Chumpol Jangprai from R-Haan (Two MICHELIN Stars).
They are taking these foreign chef friends: from France, Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier of Le Normandie (One MICHELIN Star); from Germany, twin brothers Thomas and Mathias Sühring of Sühring (Two MICHELIN Star); from India, Chef Garima Arora of Gaa (One MICHELIN Star); from the US, Chef Riley Sanders of Canvas (One MICHELIN Star); and, from Japan, Chef Ryuki Kawasaki of Mezzaluna (Two MICHELIN Stars). They all venture into the world of ingredients held dear by the people from these Central provinces: Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Sing Buri, Phetchaburi, and Samut Prakan.
Watch these chefs discuss their innovative thought processes as they transform traditional, local favourite ingredients into unique fine dining dishes.
Catch “Chef Chats Thailand” on Facebook at MICHELIN Guide Thailand and YouTube at MICHELIN Guide Asia.