Thai food has rapidly grown in popularity among casual diners and gourmets alike, earning it a status as one of the world’s most popular cuisines. While most people think of spicy meals laced with chilies as the predominant factor in Thai food, this is far from the truth. Continue reading
Chang being presented with the Thai Select Premium award by the Thai Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra.
- The Prime Minister of Thailand presented Thai Chef’s Restaurant with the Thai Select Premium award at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on 24 March, 2013. Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra – Thailand’s first elected female leader – was in New Zealand to discuss trade, future partnerships and tourism.
Left to Right: Chang, Minister of Commerce Mr. Boonsong Teriyapirom and Cindy at the reception ceremony hosted by AUT and catered by Thai Chef.
Thai Chef was first awarded with Thai Select certification in 2006 which indicated a degree of excellence of 3 or 4 stars, but the new certification of Thai Select Premium indicates an excellence of 5 stars – a point of pride for owners Nattachai Chang and his wife, Cindy. Receiving this prestigious award isn’t easy; the bar is set high and the guidelines are strict.
Left to Right: Thailand’s Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Chang and his ‘advisor’, Cindy
Created by the Royal Thai Government, the Thai Select label certifies that the food, service and atmosphere of a Thai-style restaurant is authentic. Chefs must be carefully trained in the preparation of bona fide Thai meals and to earn premium status, restaurants must suggest traditional Thai decorations, provide outstanding services, offer authentic Thai food of premium quality and overall produce a premier dining experience.