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Mai Pham, chef/founder of Lemon Grass Restaurant, has welcomed and fed her enthusiastic fans in Sacramento with fresh authentic Vietnamese and Thai flavors since the 1990s. She’s known for her pioneering efforts to promote the flavors and cultures of her native cuisines not only in Sacramento but nationally as well.
She was the host of TV Food Network’s “Vietnam: My Country, My Kitchen” and author of Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table, which received a James Beard Award nomination and was named one of the best cookbook titles of the year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Her second book, The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking, was featured by NPR’s Fresh Air and Martha Stewart Living magazine. Flavors of Asia, her most recent work, is a collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America and features a collection of best recipes from seven countries in Asia.
In addition to Lemon Grass, Chef Pham launched Star Ginger, a concept aimed at helping university campus and corporate dining operators create and present authentic Southeast Asian food. She’s opened over 30 locations of her popular Star Ginger concept across the country from Stanford University, UC Berkeley and University of Massachusetts at Amherst to Delta Airlines World Headquarters, the FDA and the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Her latest foodservice concept, Lemon Grass Asian Plant Forward Kitchen, supports the growing aspiration for delicious Asian food that also addresses personal and planetary health imperatives. Born in Saigon and raised in Vietnam and Thailand, Chef Pham and her family fled to the U.S. after the end of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism, she worked as a television reporter for various ABC News affiliates and, later, as a speechwriter for a California governor before returning to her love of food and cooking.