Whilst living as a Buddhist novice monk for 9 years, Chef Sompon was able to travel around Thailand, meeting new people and sampling different styles of Thai cuisine. This period of exploration instilled in him a passion for Thai cooking and a strong desire to learn and grow. His unique early life paved the way for him to become the man he is today.
After leaving the temple, he lived abroad for several years where he worked with world-class chefs, learning new techniques and honing his culinary skills. During this time abroad, his gastronomic expertise and passion for food, and in particular Thai food, flourished. He realized that he wanted to share his knowledge and love of Thai food with the world.
In 1993, he opened one of the very first Thai cookery schools in Thailand at the Thai Cultural Center in Chiang Mai. There the internationally-renowned CHIANG MAI THAI COOKERY SCHOOL was born.
Over the years, he has been a presenter and chef on Thai cooking shows on international TV networks, such as the National Geographic, BBC, UKTV, TVB, CCTV, and Travel Channel amongst others. He traveled around Thailand creating his own TV series, The Thai Way, in which he explored the different regional styles of Thai cooking, and taught viewers to cook some of his favorite dishes. He has traveled extensively training teams of chefs in restaurants and luxury resorts, such as in Zimbabwe and Amanyara Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has also published two books about Thai cooking, A Passion For Thai Cooking and Thai Home Cooking.
Unlock the secrets of traditional-style Thai cooking. Using the freshest ingredients, learn to prepare and combine ingredients to create exceptional dishes. After a demonstration by one of the inst...
I've been looking forward to doing a cooking class in Chiang Mai for forever and this one did not disappoint. Our instructor Mr. Pon'tastic was fun and engaging through the whole lesson, cracking jokes while imparting his in-depth knowledge of food. The class offered a lot in the way of both techniques and flavors, and was simple enough for newbies to follow along, while still introducing new information for more advanced level cooks. All of the recipes were delicious, and I can't wait to try them out soon!
Nice place, and very good Facilities for class.
Good time good vibes. Will need a little practice to make it again at home but this class help me understand some basis. So I am sure I will succeed. A special thank the chef who took his time for our big girl (6y) who could participate to the class and for our little one who was tired of waiting at the end...
Loved this cooking class. A lot of great detail in the specific dishes and a lot of fun.
A truly professional, very entertaining and enjoyable experience. I learned a lot!
Cooking with Pon was PON-tasting. He was entertaining and provided techniques to make cooking delicious Thai food easy even for a novice like me. Totally recommend this experience while in Chiang Mai.