Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hong Thaimee is a former model and television personality who followed her passion for food all the way to New York. Trained in the art of authentic Thai cuisine by M.L. Sirichalerm Savsti(McDang) – Thailand’s most celebrated chef, Hong has worked in some of New York’s best restaurants including Kittichai, Jean George’s Spice Market, and Perry St. Hong’s numerous TV and print credits include the Cooking Channel, Saveur Magazine and being named by Gotham Magazine as one the “Beautiful Faces of New York”. She challenged Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in an exciting kitchen stadium duel. Hong is chef and owner of Ngam, voted 2014's number-one Thai restaurant by the Village Voice. Her book "True Thai: Real Flavors for Every Table" is set to release in September 2015 by Rizzoli.