CHEF IAN KITTICHAI WAS DUBBED THE "GOLDEN BOY" OF THAI CUISINE
Chef Pongtawat "Ian Kittichai" Chalermkittichai's path to culinary success started from very humble beginnings in Bangkok. His career path includes stints at the prestigious Regent Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, which took him to culinary exchanges around the world where he was able to further perfect his talent and craft at restaurants and hotels such as Georges V in Paris, French Laundry in Napa Valley, El Bulli in Spain, and Four Seasons Chinzan-so in Tokyo.
In 1998, Chef Chalermkittichai became the first Thai national in the world to become an executive chef of a five-star hotel property. In 2001, The Bangkok Post dubbed him "The Golden Boy". He began hosting the weekly cooking show Chef Mue Tong (The Golden Hand Chef), which presently can be seen in over 70 countries.
In 2004, Chef Chalermkittichai relocated to New York and created Kittichai Restaurant. While Chef Chalermkittichai was at the helm, Kittichai Restaurant appeared in Food & Wine magazine as Best New Asian Restaurants 2005.
In January 2010, Chef Chalermkittichai opened Bangkok's first gastro bar, Hyde & Seek. In August 2010, he opened the celebrated Koh by Ian Kittichai, his third signature Thai restaurant, located at the Intercontinental Marine Drive Hotel, Mumbai, India.
In February 2011, Chef Chalermkittichai opened Ember Room, an American Asian barbecue restaurant with Chef Todd English in New York City. Currently in development is another restaurant in New York City, another restaurant in Bangkok, a signature menu at the Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi, and Chef Chalermkittichai's first cookbook for the English-language market.www.ianchalermkittichai.com