From his humble beginnings in Bangkok where as a child he pushed a cart through his neighborhood to sell food his mother made, Chef Ian Kittichai has become an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality.
Chef is well known for his influence on Thai Cuisine and his unique approach to classic flavours and ingredients with varied cooking techniques. “Kittichai combines authentic culinary roots with a unique global insight into contemporary hospitality” (Monocle Entrepreneurs Guide 2013).
Chef Kittichai’s repertoire includes five star hotels, restaurants, his food and beverage consultancy company, multiple cookbooks and television shows. He has founded and partnered in diverse restaurants around the world, including Kittichai restaurant and Spot Dessert Bars in New York, Namsaah Bottling Trust in Bangkok and Issaya Siamese Club - his flagship Thai restaurant and lounge in Bangkok which is frequently listed on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Aqua Panna.
In September 2013 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property, and the Agence Francaise de Developpement honored Chef Kittichai as the first Asia Geographical Indication Ambassador. In April of 2015, Chef Kittichai was awarded the designation of Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Republic for his outstanding contributions to gastronomy and agriculture.
Chef Kittichai can regularly be seen on MasterChef Thailand, MasterChef Junior Thailand, and Iron Chef Thailand as well as on episodes of shows, such as Iron Chef Japan, Iron Chef America and Phil Rosenthal’s Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil.
Chef de Cuisine
Chef Surangkana Sub-Anan, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, grew up in her family’s local curry rice shop and was introduced to the nuances of Thai cooking by her mother. Known by her nick name, Aae, she rose at 3am daily from the age of ten to prepare steamed rice, chop chili and garlic for the fish sauce, set the tables and arrange the various types of curries on a counter. The first dish she ever prepared, while standing on two stools stacked on top of each other, was the quintessential Thai home dish of fried rice with pork belly and egg. This early exposure to the kitchen led to her enrolling in Dusit Thani College, a private college in Bangkok specialising in hospitality management, and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Foods and Kitchen Management.
Chef Aae started her culinary career on board the Disney Cruise Line as third Commis chef and honed her craft under the tutelage of illustrious chefs like Australian chef and restauranteur Chef David Thompson; award-winning chef, author and television personality Chef Ian Kittichai at Issaya Siamese Club, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018; Iron Chef Thanarak Chuto at his riverside Chinese restaurant, Chef Pom Kitchen; and famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto of the highly acclaimed Morimoto Bangkok. These experiences deepened her knowledge of Thai cuisine and introduced her to the concept of modernising her approach to classic Thai dishes while retaining the soul of this age old cuisine.
Her present appointment as Chef de Cuisine at Tangerine, the first celebrity-chef helmed farm-to-table restaurant in Singapore, marks a new chapter in Chef Aae’s culinary career where she brings the ethos of Celebrity Chef Ian Kittichai to life with her style of modern Thai farm-to-table gastronomy.