Thai Chef News

His Excellency the Thai Ambassador in Wellington
Cooking Demo with the Thai Embassy in Wellington
On Sunday, 26 June 2016 Thai Chef were part of a Thai cooking demonstration in Wellington hosted by the Royal Thai Embassy. It was a fun and educational day blending Thai culture with Thai food and we were proud to take part. The event celebrated 60 years of friendship between Thailand and New Zealand. The dishes that were cooked were 2 favourites – Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles) and Thai Green Curry. You can see more on the Royal Thai Embassy website.

John Key comes to Thai Chef Napier

On Wednesday 23 April 2014 we were lucky enough to host the second cabinet club lunch with the right honorable John Key at Thai Chef Napier.

After teasing the cabinet ministers with delicious rice rolls, dim sims and prawn balls they were treated to four of our finest Thai Chef dishes. They had our famous Tom Yum with NZ Crayfish, classic Thai Green Curry, Mr Bean in Bangkok (fried crispy pork belly), and Minister of Fish which was first created to serve the dignitaries in Wellington and a personal favourite of the previous Japanese Ambassador Mr Toshi.

We would like to acknowledge Ngatarawa Wines for their sponsorship and thank John Key and the cabinet ministers for their visit.

Thai Chef at Le Cordon Bleu

Thai Chef was asked to present a Thai Cooking Class to the prestigious cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu in New Zealand. The event was organised by the Royal Thai Embassy and presided over by H.E. Mr. Noppadon Theppitak, the Thai Ambassador to New Zealand. The event took place on 21 September and was attended by more than 80 guests, including members of the Diplomatic Corps.

The class was followed by a Thai Cooking Contest, where 24 people from the audience were invited to replicate the chef’s dishes in a hotly contested competition! It was a great afternoon for tasting, sharing information on the preparation and nutritional benefits of Thai food and just having fun. The event was organised to promote Thai cuisine and the wonderful Thai rice products to New Zealand. Thai Chef is proud to have taken part!

Chang, Thailand’s Ambassador to New Zealand H.E. Mr. Noppadon Theppitak and a group of Thai Cooking Class participants at Le Cordon Bleu (21 September 2013). See all the action in the kitchen, including all the winners of the Thai Cooking Class, by clicking on the following link to the news gallery page for Thai Chef at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand.

Chang, Thailand’s Ambassador to New Zealand H.E. Mr. Noppadon Theppitak and a group of Thai Cooking Class participants at Le Cordon Bleu (21 September 2013).


Thai Chef Receives Premium Award

The Prime Minister of Thailand presented Thai Chef’s Restaurant with the Thai Select Premium award at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on 24 March, 2013. Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra – Thailand’s first elected female leader – was in New Zealand to discuss trade, future partnerships and tourism.

Thai Chef was first awarded with Thai Select certification in 2006 which indicated a degree of excellence of 3 or 4 stars, but the new certification of Thai Select Premium indicates an excellence of 5 stars – a point of pride for owners Nattachai Chang and his wife, Cindy. Receiving this prestigious award isn’t easy; the bar is set high and the guidelines are strict.

Created by the Royal Thai Government, the Thai Select label certifies that the food, service and atmosphere of a Thai-style restaurant is authentic. Chefs must be carefully trained in the preparation of bona fide Thai meals and to earn premium status, restaurants must suggest traditional Thai decorations, provide outstanding services, offer authentic Thai food of premium quality and overall produce a premier dining experience.

Chang being presented with the Thai Select Premium award by the Thai Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra.

Left to Right: Chang, Minister of Commerce Mr. Boonsong Teriyapirom and Cindy at the reception ceremony hosted by AUT and catered by Thai Chef.

Left to Right: Thailand’s Prime Minister H. E. Yingluck Shinawatra, Chang and his ‘advisor’, Cindy


Thai Chef Featured on Asia Downunder

Chang and Thai Chef’s Restaurant were recently featured on TV One’s Asia Downunder, which aired on 20 November. In this seven minute interview with Milda Emza, Chang talks about his early beginnings in Napier, establishing Thai Chef as a caravan and later restaurant and franchise, his partnership with his brother in opening Asian Grocery Hastings, and the woman behind his success — his wife Cindy.

In case you missed it, here’s another opportunity to watch it!


Asia Downunder Episode 37


The Next Thai Chef Location Will Be In Auckland, Guess The Suburb And Win a $20 Voucher Towards Your Next Meal

Enter our competition and be in to win a $20 Voucher to use towards your next meal at any Thai Chef location (minimum 4 people per meal, dine in only). Simply send in your answer to the following question “Which Auckland Suburb will the next Thai Chef’s Restaurant Open?” to – don’t forget to include your details so we know who to contact if you win!

Competition is open to Registered Users only, so why not register on our website now to receive more information on all our competitions, dining specials and breaking news.

Competition closes 30 November 2011.

Please Donate To The Thai Flood Appeal

Thai Chef’s Restaurant is appealing to the public for donations to go towards the cleanup of damage caused by the extensive flooding in Thailand.

Thailand is currently suffering from the worst flooding in more than 100 years, with over 320 deaths and 9 million people affected. Damage is estimated be in the range of 3 billion USD, with flood waters swamping more than two-thirds of the country, submerging rice fields and shutting down hundreds of factories.

Chang presents the Minister Counsellor Mr. Nontawat Chandrtri with a cheque of $2000 on behalf of Thai Chef’s Restaurant. (17 October 2011)


Thai Chef’s Restaurant is currently accepting donations with all money collected being passed on to the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington.

If you would like to donate, please stop into any Thai Chef’s Restaurant location or alternatively contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Wellington.

Thank you for your support!

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