Rising Star Chef Ravin “Bas” Nakjaroen of Long Grain - Biography

Camden, ME

March 2014

Nearly two decades after coming to the United States, and at the helm of one of Maine’s boldest restaurants, it’s safe to say Ravin Nakjaroen has made an irrefutable home away from home for Thai food—in Camden. His restaurant Long Grain is like an oasis in the dessert of ethnic food gone awry that has come to characterize most Thai menus. Growing up in Thailand, his family meals were always eat-in, and Nakjaroen was paying close attention.

Trips to the market were frequent, and the work in the kitchen was plentiful during Nakjaroen’s childhood. As a teenager, he applied that experience to help redefine Thai cuisine in America. He started with a solid foundation—13 years working in many well-known Thai restaurants in South Florida. Nakjaroen eventually found a home as a Mainer, making Camden a capital for ingredient-obsessive, pure, and flavor-driven Thai food that define him as a stand-out New England chef and 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star.