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ⓘ Bongkoch Satongun. Bongkoch Bee Satongun is a native Thai chef and restaurateur. She is known for her landmark restaurant, Paste Bangkok, which received a Miche ..




Bongkoch Satongun
                                     

ⓘ Bongkoch Satongun

Bongkoch "Bee" Satongun is a native Thai chef and restaurateur. She is known for her landmark restaurant, Paste Bangkok, which received a Michelin star. Chef Bee has expanded the Paste empire to neighboring Laos and will soon open a third venue in Australia.

In 2018, Satongun was named elit Vodkas Asias Best Female Chef by the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants. She has been invited to cook at culinary events such as the annual Taste of Paris and Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2018. Currently, Paste holds the 28 th rank on Asias 50 Best Restaurants 2019, and the 31 st rank on the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants 2019.

                                     

1. Early life and career

Prior to the opening of Paste, Satongun spent years researching the history of Thai cuisine, re-creating ancient recipes and culinary techniques alongside chef, husband and business partner, Jason Bailey.

Both Satongun and Bailey had humble beginnings, from Satonguns childhood memories of pounding herbs with pestle on mortar to assist her mothers street food stall business in Bangkok, to Baileys experiences growing up in the Southern Highlands of Australia. She met her husband on one of his earlier research trips to Thailand.

                                     

2. Paste Bangkok

In 2012, Satongun and Bailey opened their first Paste restaurant in the neighborhood of Thonglor. In 2015, they opened a new iteration of Paste in Gaysorn shopping mall, located in Bangkoks Ratchaprasong district adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel. At Paste, dishes represent regional Thai cuisine, taking inspiration from ancient Thai recipes and royal family cookbooks. Chef Bee hopes to do away with the notion of Thai food as cheap takeaway, and re-frame the cuisine in the minds of her diners.

In 2018, Paste Bangkok was awarded its first Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Bangkok. Paste Bangkok retained its one-Michelin-star rating in 2019. As of 2020, it retains its one Michelin star.

                                     

3. Other restaurants and pursuits

In 2018, Satongun and Bailey opened their first overseas branch of Paste, Paste Laos at the Apsara in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient town of Luang Prabang. Currently, Bailey is currently working on the development of Paste in Australia.

                                     

4. List of awards

  • Winner of Most-Loved Thai Fine Dining Restaurant by Time Out, 2016
  • #28 on Asias 50 Best Restaurants, 2019
  • One Michelin star, Michelin Guide Bangkok, 2019
  • One Michelin star, Michelin Guide Bangkok, 2018
  • Best Thai Fine Dining by Top Tables Bangkok, 2018
  • elit Vodkas Asias Best Female Chef by Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, 2018
  • 10 Best Michelin-rated Restaurants in Bangkok by The Guardian, 2017
  • #31 on Asias 50 Best Restaurants, 2018

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