Meet the chef behind all the deliciousness at ZAZZ Urban Bangkok, Chef Neth
Hailing from Ubon Ratchathani, a northern province of Thailand, Chef Neth has been in the culinary field for over 15 years. He started out as a kitchen steward in Bangkok in 1998. Truly determined to become a professional chef, he then moved to other parts of Thailand such as in Surat Thani and Phuket to gain valuable experience.
Through apprenticeships, he learned different culinary techniques and had the opportunity to explore varying cuisines. Trained in Thai, Italian, Western and Asian cuisines, he has held several chef positions working in hotels and fine dining restaurants.
Chef Neth’s culinary style is exquisite yet fun, savory yet appetizing, with food presentation that is truly creative. In his current position of Head Chef, Chef Neth is in charge of the over-all food operations at ZAZZ Urban Bangkok. He manages and works closely with the kitchen team, trains his team members, determines food inventory needs and creates menu offerings.
The menus Chef Neth crafts feature local dishes and international favorites, incorporating contemporary cooking styles and ingredients, inspired by new flavors.
What is your most favorite cuisine?
I like Western cuisine. It is my most favorite cuisine because I find it easier than Thai when it comes to recreating the flavors.
Can you name your favorite dish on the menu?
My favorite dish on the menu is the ZAZZ signature Pad Thai. Unlike any other Pad Thai, the ZAZZ signature Pad Thai has a unique taste and is plated up in a creative way. All our guests speak highly of it.
What is your philosophy when it comes to food creation?
My philosophy when it comes to food creation is that, the produce has to be organic and the ingredients have to be fresh and of high quality. Moreover, the recipes should be followed strictly.
Who inspired you to become a professional chef?
A close friend of mine influenced me to become a chef. In fact, he helped me land my first kitchen role 10 years ago.
If you were not a chef, what would you be?
If I were not a chef, I think I would be a great farmer. During my first two years of working in the culinary field, I told myself that if I failed, I would just go back to my hometown and work on a farm. Gladly, I did not, so I am here cooking and serving up.
What is your most memorable experience as a chef?
I think when the time I almost quit cooking. When my father passed away, I was truly saddened and lost my mind. I decided to move back to Ubon (my hometown) and to just live there. However, I realized that culinary was really my passion, so I got back on track.
What is your biggest dream?
My ultimate dream is to set up my own business. I would like to open a small resort somewhere in Hua Hin.
Whether you are our guest, an expat or a local looking for a delightful culinary experience, we invite you join us and grab a bite. We hope you get a chance to see him in action soon.