Celebrity chef Mai Pham takes over Miley Café kitchen at Salve Regina on April 29

The Salve Regina University community will have the chance to meet and dine with celebrity chef Mai Pham when she takes to the kitchen at Miley Café on Wednesday, April 29.

Chef Pham will host a VIP demonstration from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Miley Café’s executive dining room, where she will also present a video highlighting what inspired her to get into the culinary profession, from the influences of street food vendors in Saigon to royal cuisine in the ancient capital of Hue and family reunions in the Mekong Delta.

Then, from 4:30 -7:30 p.m., Miley Café’s Mongolian grill will be transformed into Pham’s kitchen where she will greet and cook for students in a full buffet. Among the items on her menu will be:

Pineapple and Cucumber Salad
Fragrant Coconut Rice
Thai Green Curry with Shrimp
& Kabocha Squash
Lemongrass Tofu
Fire Roasted Thai BBQ Chicken
Chinese Broccoli with Shiitake Mushrooms
Coconut Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut

A respected national authority on Asian cuisine, Chef Pham has worked closely with Sodexo to bring fresh Southeast Asian flavors of her campus-based concept, Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar to Sodexo operations across the country.

Chef Pham created Star Ginger based on the flavors and culinary insights she gathered and crafted while operating restaurants, writing cookbooks, teaching, consulting, and conducting research in Asia over the last 20 years.

Beyond her restaurants, Chef Mai Pham has authored several cookbooks including Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table, which received a James Beard Award nomination and was named among the best cookbooks of 2001 by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times; and The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking, which was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and Martha Stewart Living magazine and television show.

Her newest book, Flavors of Asia, a collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, features the best recipes from seven Asian countries. Chef Pham is a frequent speaker and guest chef at national culinary conferences, including those of The Culinary Institute of America where she is a member of the college’s Asian Cuisines Advisory Council.

For more information or to coordinate media interviews/photo opportunities, contact Matt Boxler at (401) 341-2156 or boxlerm@salve.edu.