Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and culinary celebrity Mai Pham will be visiting New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, N.Y., for a special celebration of Thai and Vietnamese culture and cuisine on May 19.
Her visit, held between 11:30 and 3 p.m. will feature cooking demonstrations, special tastings and a cookbook signing for hospital employees and visitors.
Mai Pham is the chef and owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant and Lemon Grass Asian Grill & Noodle Bar in Sacramento, California. She is also the creator and founder of Lemon Grass Kitchen, a line of Asian gourmet cooking sauces and marinades for foodservice and retail.
Pham is the author of Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table, which received a James Beard Award nomination and was named as among the best cookbook titles in 2001 by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Her book, The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking was featured on NPR's Fresh Air and in Martha Stewart Living magazine and television show. Her newest book, Flavors of Asia, was a collaborative effort with the Culinary Institute of America and released in April 2009. Pham also hosted the TV Food Network special My Country, My Kitchen: Vietnam.
Pham is a frequent guest chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, where she holds an honorary master's degree. She also teaches and consults at numerous colleges and universities across the U.S., from Stanford to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, bringing Southeast Asian flavors to campus living.
Pham’s appearance at New York Hospital Queens is courtesy of Sodexo, the hospital's food and nutrition services partner.