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December 6, 6:00 P.M. Class: Curry and Cocktails with James Beard Award–Winning Chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon

December 06, 2023 06:00 PM

Learn to Master Kalaya’s Southern Thai Curry 

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Born and raised in Southern Thailand, chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon traveled the world experiencing bold flavors and an array of ingredients before settling in Philadelphia.  There she channeled the cuisine of her homeland with the opening of her restaurant, Kalaya, which earned her the 2023 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.  

 In this hands-on class, chef Nok will guide guests through the process of making her curry, inspired by the flavors of her childhood in Trang in southern Thailand. Attendees will learn step-by-step how to prepare the curry paste from scratch and assemble the final dish with chef Nok’s handmade noodles. You’ll be amazed by the butterfly pea flower, which lends a vibrant purple hue to both the noodles and the bespoke "Chalida" cocktail prepared with Conniption Kinship Gin from Durham Distillery.  

General Admission: $95

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About Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon : 

Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon's travels as a flight attendant, as well as her international culinary background, exposed her to a world of flavors by the time she opened Kalaya in 2019. Since then, the restaurant (named for her mother) has thrust Suntaranon into the spotlight and made her a fixture in the culinary scene of her home city of Philadelphia and across the country. The restaurant features recipes that Suntaranon learned growing up from her mother, who sold curry paste in food markets in her hometown of Trang in southern Thailand.  

 Kalaya was a 2020 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant, and Suntaranon brought home the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2023, her second time being nominated for the award. Kalaya was also named Esquire's Best New Restaurant in America and selected as one of the nation's best by Food & Wine magazine in 2020. After three and a half years in business, Kalaya closed the doors to its original location to prepare for a newer, significantly larger space in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, which opened in late November 2022. This September, Kalaya was recognized by the New York Times in their Top 50 Restaurants list for 2023.   

Chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon’s residency is made possible in part by a generous gift by Nancy Lukitsh to our Chef Performance Fund.

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

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Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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