Favorite Chef!

Published :
03 Aug, 2023 1:39 AM
Voting For :
Sasipak (Sasi) Butsakron-O-Pas
Voting Ends :
Aug 17, 2023
Voting Allowed :
Voting Instructions :
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Sasipak (Sasi) Butsakron-O-Pas

Who or what inspires you to cook?
My mother and late uncle are my two biggest inspirations. I grew up watching my mom cook and learned how to make Thai dishes for my younger sisters while she was at work. My uncle moved from Thailand to start up his culinary career with nothing more than a backpack and walkman. He called himself the nomad chef. He was an adventurer, and would bring those he befriended along his journey to his "home" where ever he may be, to enjoy a homecooked meal and share his amazing journey.

What's your all time favorite dish to make?
My two younger sisters loves Pad See Eew, which is a Thai stir fry flat rice noodle with eggs and chinese broccoli. I find myself making this a lot, and it has become my go to dish because it sparks joyful memories and satisfying smiles from my siblings when I make this simple dish.

What would you do with the $25,000?
I would like to use this to start my career, as I find cooking not only my passion, but also my outlet. I would like to use this money to finance a food truck and make food that brought me joy as a child growing up in Thailand. I didn't live an extravagent life, and found days where a bowl of instant noodles, was the only comfort I found. I cook to decompress from the daily grinds. Time in the kitchen brings me light, and smiles from those who enjoy it is the purest form of happiness for me.

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