Growing up in Thailand, the last thing a 7-year-old Suchada Johnson wanted to do after school was learn to cook in a hot and steamy kitchen.
She wanted to play with other kids.
“I would cry, ‘Why I have to cook?’” Johnson recalled.
The answer was always, “No, you have to cook.”
But today, Johnson is really glad for all of her experiences in the kitchen with her mother, grandmother and aunt. They taught her everything they knew about how to create really amazing Thai food, and today, Suchada cooks some of the best Thai food in America.
Suchada is the chef for Teton Thai in Teton Village, and she has just been named a finalist for the 2023 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards. These are like the Oscars, except for food instead of movies.