Seng Luangrath

Chef Seng was born in Laos and fled the country during the Vietnam War. During her stay at a Thailand refugee camp of Nakhon Phanom, she learned how to cook from her camp neighbors and elders. At the age of twelve, she was the eldest of five and took on the role of caretaker of her four younger siblings in order to support her working mother.

In 2009, at the age of 40 she decided to go after her greatest passion, cooking. She took over Padaek, previously Bangkok Golden, in 2010 and in 2014, she opened Thip Khao, a Lao restaurant in Columbia Heights and home of the #LaoFoodMovement. Thip Khao has been named one of the top 50 new restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018.