Chai Siriyarn

Chai Siriyarn is the chef-owner of Marnee Thai Restaurant, which has two locations in San Francisco. Marnee Thai has been among the Zagat Survey's Top Thai Restaurants in the city for nearly 20 years and has been recommended by the Michelin guide for 2011. Bangkok born and bred, Chef Siriyarn grew up in a culinary family and spent his childhood steeped in the restaurant business. His culinary accolades include winning the grand prize in the Los Angeles Pad Thai Festival contest in 2000 and earning the "Thailand Superchef Award" in 2003. He was also named "International Chef of the Year" by the Awards of the Americas in New York City in 2001. Chef Siriyarn was a guest chef to the Royal Thai Embassy at a tsunami relief fundraising event held in Washington, DC. Recently, he has been a guest chef at The University of Massachusetts, (Amherst), Cornell University, (Ithaca) and Stanford University. He has also been a guest chef at The Culinary Institute of America since the year 2000 and is a member of the CIA's Asian Cuisines Advisory Council and is the author of Thai Cuisine Beyond Curry. (San Francisco, CA)