Episode 40: Talking Adobo and More with Chef King Phojanakong

English. In this episode I ride down to Battery Park City and the Institute of Culinary Education to meet with a fellow Bronx Science schoolmate, to talk about the path leading him to become Chef and proprietor of Kuma Inn, a Thai-Filipino restaurant located in the lower east side of Manhattan. He talked about his many interests and careers before becoming a Chef, including energy management, archeologist and bartender and shared what's involved in attending a Culinary school.

Chef King teaches culinary skills at ICE and is the creator of the award winning The Bronx Hot Sauce which is made from peppers grown in community gardens up in the Bronx.

We talked about growing up and living in New York City, about his Thai-Filipino influences and his yearly visits to the Phillipines while growing up.

His artistic skills don't culminate with the culinary arts however, as he is also a musician, playing the flute and guitar. This episode's ñapita musical is compliments of Chef King and DJ Namsung.

Monica Morales

Intensity mixed with fire, enthusiasm combined with artistic expression, forward thinking yet historically dramatic... A doer, an idea maker, a talker and thinker... always needing to do more movement, to make more music and to live with inspiration.