How Dusit Thani Hotel School’s Executive Thai Chef imparts the recipe for culinary success
CHEF Rapeepat ‘A’ Boriboon is a man on a mission. Armed with authentic Thai recipes, top quality ingredients, oodles of experience, and a real passion for his craft, his goal is to impart his knowledge to a new generation of Thai chefs who will go on to open their own restaurants in Bangkok and beyond. Their remit? Maintain authenticity, respect ingredients, and, in Chef A’s own words, “cook with love.”
The last one, of course, is tricky – love is most likely the last thing on any chef's mind when faced with a dining room packed with over 100 hungry guests – but Chef A’s enthusiasm is so infectious, and his lessons so thorough and inspiring, that anyone who learns from him no doubt develops a deep affection for cooking that not even the busiest of dinner services can diminish.
It helps, of course, that Chef A imparts all of his wisdom in a facility as well equipped as the brand new Dusit Thani Hotel School (which is owned and operated by Dusit International and located just behind Siam Paragon in the heart of the city), where he leads the “Traditional Thai Food and Thai Desserts” course – a 60-hour course which sees groups of up to 14 students learn how to make 30 Thai dishes and 15 Thai desserts, carve vegetables and fruits into works of art, and how to successfully manage a restaurant and kitchen. In short, everything one needs to know before embarking on a career as a chef – and maybe even opening a restaurant.