This is the story of how Thai chef Ian Kittichai went from pushing his mum’s food cart as a child to operating an empire of 15 restaurants in Thailand and New York.
He tells this story from the dining room of Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, a colourfully decorated Thai restaurant that sits at 19 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 and one of just 15 restaurants he now owns and operates.
The boy who once stood on and watched mum as she sold curries from a humble cart is now one of Thailand’s biggest restaurateurs, an educator and a leader. A story that not even he would have dreamt about while sleeping in the car outside the market so many years ago.
This is a life in food.