Chai Siriyarn is the chef-owner of Marnee Thai Restaurant, which has two locations in San Francisco since 1986.  Marnee Thai has been among the Zagat Survey’s Top Thai Restaurants in the city for over 20 years and has been recommended by the Michelin guide for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Marnee Thai received the Thai Select Premium Award from the Ministry of Commerce in 2012 and 2013.  Bangkok born and bred, Chef Siriyarn grew up in a culinary family and spent his childhood steeped in the restaurant business. His culinary accolades include winning the grand prize in the Los Angeles Pad Thai Festival contest in 2000 and earning the “Thailand Superchef Award” in 2003.  He was also named “International Chef of the Year” by the Awards of the Americas in New York City in 2001.  Chef Siriyarn was also a guest chef to the Royal Thai Embassy for a tsunami relief fundraising event held in Washington, DC.  He has been a guest chef at The Culinary Institute of America, at Greystone since the year 2000.  Chef Siriyarn has also been a guest chef at the University of Massachusetts, (Amherst), Cornell University, (Ithaca), and Stanford University. He is a member of the CIA’s Asian Cuisines Advisory Council and is the author of Thai Cuisine Beyond Curry.  For more information please visit his website at