Chatchai Klanklong

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Chatchai Klanklong

From October 17, 2023 to October 26, 2023

Born in Thailand, Chef Chatchai Klanklong discovered his love for cooking as a child. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Alsace in France, where his adoptive grandmother introduced him to Alsatian cuisine. While his mother continued preparing authentic Thai dishes at home, Chatchai drew inspiration from both culinary worlds.

Chatchai went on to earn the title of Best Apprentice in the Grand East region in 2007 and the second-best apprentice in France in 2009. After training at Le Trianon in Paris, he worked in Colmar at Rendez-vous de Chasse and alongside Chef Julien Binz for six years. His culinary journey expanded to Switzerland, where he joined Sonne restaurant in Bottmingen as Head Chef, earning the restaurant a Michelin star within one year.

In 2017, Chatchai joined forces with his brother and mother to open l’Orchidée in Altkirch, where he also earned a Michelin star just one year later. Today, l’Orchidée stands out as the only Thai restaurant in France with a Michelin star and is a testament to Chatchai’s commitment to using local ingredients combined with authentic spices.

 

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