ARIA - Lemongrass - Executive Chef Krairit Krairavee Biography
Krairit Krairavee opened Lemongrass at ARIA Resort & Casino, the first Thai restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, in 2009. A native of Bangkok, he brings the authentic spices and flavors of Thai cuisine to his menu, creating a genuine dining experience straight from Southeast Asia.
Krairavee earned a Western-Thai Culinary certificate in 2001 from the Dusit Thani College in Thailand and a certificate in Western Hotel Management from the Bilderberg Hotel De Klepperman in 2002. His culinary career began in 2001 at The Oriental Thai Cooking School at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, where he prepared ingredients for classes and shopped for items on the instructors daily market list. In 2004, he was hired as sous chef and instructor at the Khaolak Laguna Resort in Phan-Nga, Thailand. The following year he worked as the executive chef and instructor for Jim Thompson Co., overseeing three Thai restaurants in Thailand and one in Malaysia.
Starting in 2006, Krairavee began a two year stint as the executive chef and consultant at Rama 9 Plaza Food Corner, a seven story shopping center with a variety of dining options in the heart of Bangkok. In 2008, he was hired as executive chef and consultant at Nest, one of the most popular dining spots in Bangkok, located on the rooftop of the Le Fenix Hotel Sukhumwit.
During his time working in Bangkok, he was a frequent contributor to a variety of magazines, providing information about culinary careers, plating and presentation and his approach to cooking Thai food. He has appeared on prestigious cooking shows in Thailand such as Idol Chef and Iron Chef and also placed second in the 2003 Thailand Super Chef competition.
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