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TASTY THAI FOOD. Thai cook Supinya Jansuta, 72, better known as "Jay Fai," wears goggles while cooking with two flaming woks at her eatery in Bangkok, Thailand. After spending more than three decades cooking in an unassuming outdoor kitchen, Jay Fai has been propelled to international culinary stardom by having her restaurant awarded a Michelin star. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

From The Asian Reporter, V28, #2 (January 15, 2018), page 3.

Michelin star boosts chef at outdoor Thai kitchen to stardom

By Kaweewit Kaewjinda

The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) ó A wok-wielding, goggles-wearing Thai chef has been propelled to culinary stardom after three decades cooking in an unassuming outdoor kitchen.

The Jay Fai restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in December, its chef one of 17 in Bangkok whose venues received the coveted honor. The quiet restaurant is often featured in foreign travel guides though Thais mostly shun its high prices. A closer examination of the dishes reveals an abundance of fresh seafood and prime ingredients.

Jay Fai was happy about receiving the Michelin honor, but questioned why it came so late in her career.

"Iíve been cooking for 30 to 40 years, so I donít know why Iíve only just got it," she said. "Iím happy that theyíre starting to recognize Thailand and Thai chefs."

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