The celebrity chef from Thailand (Chef McDang, M.L. Sirichalerm Svasti) is invited to demonstrate the cooking of Thai dishes on this occasion. In fact, he visits LA as the guest instructor to teach and demonstrate Thai culinary arts at the Art Institute of Los Angeles and California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena . However, apart from his busy schedules Chef McDang also came to demonstrate the art of cooking of authentic Thai dishes at the Consul General’s place.
I, myself is a big fan of McDang. My family and I always follow his popular TV shows, cookbooks, newspaper columns and a Thai-language website (www.mcdang.com). His website is very useful for me cuz if I need to get the recipe of any dishes or if I want to cook somthing different from the ordinary, I can look up in his website and usually get what I want. My mom said McDang is very cute and has a good sense of humor on the TV show.
As my husband is the one who is responsible for this project, he was told from the Consul general’s wife to let me invite my Prof and friends from UCLA. I could invite 20 of them to join this occasion and I’m glad that they did have a good time, taste good food and get informative lecture about history of Thai food from McDang. I’m sure that everyone apart from my guests did enjoy the night as well cuz they could not only taste the sample food as much as they can, which were Lamb Musamun with bread, Roasted beef with tomato salsa, Tom Yum Koong, Smoky salmon with sunkist orange dressing and Steamed banana cake, at the mean time they could also taste Pad Thai which was just demonstrated by McDang. Moreover, continuous playing of Thai traditional music did make the events more special and colorful. What a very happy and tummy-full night!!! I feel he is such a respected ambassador for Thai cuisine.
Here’s a special column in Asiaweek.com about Kitchen Gods (http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/Life/0,8782,170534,00.html) and you can find McDang is one of them.
Recent news about McDang teaching at Pasadena culinary school from http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/search/ci_4284113