Chef Hong Thaimee of Thaimee Table - Biography

New York, NY

October 2018

Born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hong Thaimee was a model before she became interested in cooking. Thaimee was in several commercials that appeared throughout Southeast Asia and hosted a television show, but she decided to pivot to business as a pharmaceutical executive. In 2004, when Thailand was hit by a massive tsunami, Thaimee reevaluated her goals and decided she wanted to serve people by cooking Thai food ...  for as many people as possible.

When she moved to New York to start working in the restaurant industry, Thaimee managed to talk her way into the kitchen of Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market despite having little kitchen experience. She learned on the job for five years before opening Ngam (now called Thaimee Table) in the East Village in 2012. By 2013, the restaurant was ranked “Best Thai Food” by The Village Voice. In 2017, she opened Thaimee Box, a fast-casual concept that serves curry bowls and tea down the street from Thaimee Table. Most recently, Thaimee opened Thaimee Magic, a kiosk in the new Gansevoort Market, known for “magic noodles” that turn from blue to purple with the squeeze of a lime, garnering instant Instagram fame for its eater.

Thaimee has been featured on Food Network’s “Iron Chef” and in videos for Buzzfeed, Insider, and Tastemade. In 2018, she will cook at the James Beard House and the Culinary Institute of America. Thaimee is the author of True Thai, published in 2015.