Andy Ricker first visited Thailand
as a backpacker in 1987 and became entranced with its food, culture, and people. Since then, the Michelin-starred chef has spent several months traveling there and in neighboring countries each year, eating, cooking, studying the cuisine, and bringing it stateside. A two-time James Beard Award winner, best-selling cookbook author, and chef/owner of Brooklyn’s Pok Pok NY
(as well as five other Thai-themed restaurants in Portland, Oregon), Ricker is Thailand’s first official culinary ambassador. We asked him for the top ten dishes to seek out.