World-Renowned Thai and Vietnamese Chef to Visit SC State

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SC State’s Sodexo Dining Services will host world-renowned Thai and Vietnamese chef, Mai Pham. The SC State family will take a tasteful journey into the Thailand and Vietnamese culture. Come get a sensational taste bud experience of the various cuisines on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the J.W. Washington Dining Hall located on the campus of SC State. Alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited.

Born in Vietnam and raised in Thailand, Pham came to the U.S. with her family in 1975. After working as a television reporter for numerous years, she decided to pursue a career in cooking. Today, in addition to being chef and owner of the award-winning Lemon Grass Restaurants and Lemon Grass Cafés in Sacramento, Calif., Pham teaches Southeast-Asian cooking.

Pham is the author of “Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table,” a book filled with captivating stories and photos of life in Vietnam. It also provides an appealing taste of an enduring culture and its irresistible cuisine. “Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table” received a James Beard Award nomination. Pham was also featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Fresh Air” and “Martha Stewart Living” for her latest book, “The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking.”

During Pham’s visit to SC State, she will conduct a cookbook signing, special cuisine tasting and cooking demonstrations.

“We are so happy to bring Mai Pham to SC State University. This will make the students more culturally aware of the various international cuisine that other countries offer,” said Christian D. Code, student promotions coordinator.

Pham is married to Trong Nguyen, founder of the Northern California-based La Bou Bakery/Cafe in Sacramento, Calif. 

For additional information about Mai Pham’s visit to SC State contact Christian D. Code at (803)536-8467.