Jitti Chaithiraphant of Westbridge - Biography

Cambridge, MA

March 2014

Jitti Chaithiraphant’s passion for food started at an early age. His grandfather, who owned an escargot farm, and his mother furthered this passion.  Chaithiraphant apprenticed at The Oriental Hotel under Jean George and Gray Kunz and at Ma Maison Restaurant, while still in college.

During his time at Johnson & Wales University, he started working for a Thai restaurant group in Massachusetts and worked his way up to executive chef for the group, overseeing 2 restaurants for close to 3 years. When severe allergies to pollen and alcohol forced Chaithiraphant out of the kitchen, he focused his energies to front of the house operations, and became assistant food & beverage director for a property of Fine Hotel Corporation, where he worked for 5 years. In 2003, he went on to become F & B director for Concord’s Colonial Inn. He went on to study wine in depth and in 2006, became a certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. After an 8 years hiatus from the kitchen, Chaithiraphant decided to jump back in and began to refine his skills working with some of the best chefs in the region such as Michael Leviton, Seth Wood, Barry Edelman, and Michael Schlow. During his time at Radius, he met Eric Ripert and was invited to stage at Le Bernadin. He later assisted Robert Sisca in opening of Bistro du Midi as chef de tournant.

In mid 2010, after turning down an opportunity to join Le Bernardin, Chaithiraphant decided to travel across the country studying sustainability and farming. While on the road, he apprenticed and lived on an organic farm in Virginia for 4 months, ate his way through the barbecue belt, explored Vermont’s cheese trail and regional American cuisine, joined the Chefs Collaborative, and studied whole animal butchery with chefs and farmers. His self-proclaimed goal of 52 stages in 52 weeks, earned him stages at some of the best kitchens in the country including McCrady’s, Townhouse, Blackberry Farm, Highland, Restaurant Eugene, Five and Ten, Poole Diner, Cochon, Le Bec Fin, Gilt, Gramercy Tavern, Aldea, Dovetail, and Hugo’s. Since then, Chaithiraphant has held sous chef positions at several Boston kitchens including West Bridge and Franklin Café. Most recently he was chef de cuisine at Aquitaine Bis and is currently in the process of opening his own restaurant.