3 Reasons to Travel with Andy Ricker
Who better to visit Thailand with than its most devoted student? A two time James Beard Award winner, Andy is best known for Pok Pok, his flagship restaurant devoted to honoring the culinary heritage of Thailand. Andy’s passion for Thailand is unmatched: he’s visited every year since 1987 to learn as much as possible about Thai food culture. This insatiable thirst for knowledge earned Andy a Michelin star for his New York Pok Pok location, making him one of America’s most celebrated Thai chefs. This is the kind of man that turned a restaurant into a nationwide empire; a cookbook author, entrepreneur and curry master with insatiable wanderlust who can’t wait for the next great adventure.
He Never Stops Learning
Andy devotes a few months of every year to studying in Thailand. He spends this time traveling through the country in search of new ingredients, dishes and the extraordinary people who make them, making him one of the most knowledgeable, curious chefs we know.
He's an Adventurer Through and Through
Andy’s approach to food? “Just try everything.” No matter how foreign or novel, Andy’s willingness to embrace new things makes him one of our favorite people to travel with.
He Loves to Experiment
Andy’s always eager to bring something new to Thai food stateside. He honors native Thai dishes by preserving their powerful spices rather than taming them for Western palates, an approach best exemplified in Pok Pok’s famously addictive fish sauce glazed chicken wings.