Rising Star Chef Phuket Thongsodchareondee of Cake Thai Kitchen - Biography

Miami, FL

September 2015

Growing up in the hotel business on the resort island for which he was named, Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee frequently found himself in the kitchen, eager to learn from the chef. After leaving southern Thailand for Perth, Australia, Thongsodchareondee went against his parents’ wishes and pursued a career in food. He took over a failing restaurant, learning first-hand the life of a restaurateur.

In 2008, Thongsodchareondee moved to Miami and started out as many immigrants do: cooking here and there for a living. When he was introduced to Japanese cuisine, Thongsodchareondee found direction and landed a position under 2006 StarChefs Rising Star Makoto Okuwa. He worked at Makoto for four years, with a year-long interlude in San Francisco at Amphawa and Full Moon Thai. In 2014, Thongsodcharoendee ventured out on his own, opening Cake Thai Kitchen in Miami’s emerging MiMo neighborhood. Dishes like fried rice with fermented salami, rustic red shoo shee curry, and funky, spicy duck salad were an instant hit with the city’s industry crowd—and soon drew attention from investors. Cake Thai Kitchen 2.0 is scheduled to open in Wynwood in late spring, giving Thongsodchareondee a bigger platform to share a singular vision of his native cuisine.