Dee Dee Niyomkul

Headlining Chef

Chef DeeDee Niyomkul began her career in the restaurant industry at a very young age. Growing up as the daughter of Atlanta Thai food legends Charlie & Nan Niyomkul (Nan Thai Fine Dining & Tamarind), DeeDee found herself working nearly every position in her family’s restaurants, including hosting, bartending, waitressing and managing. However, she discovered…

Chef DeeDee Niyomkul began her career in the restaurant industry at a very young age. Growing up as the daughter of Atlanta Thai food legends Charlie & Nan Niyomkul (Nan Thai Fine Dining & Tamarind), DeeDee found herself working nearly every position in her family’s restaurants, including hosting, bartending, waitressing and managing. However, she discovered her real passion was working in the kitchen. In her early twenties, DeeDee furthered her culinary infatuation by traveling to San Francisco where she studied under French Master Chef Xavier Salomon, priming her for her first Executive Chef position alongside her mother at Nan Thai Fine Dining in 2006.

In January 2010, she ventured out to open her restaurant Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, an award-winning concept that offers a variety of small plates done in a tapas style, as well as larger entrees that show-case her version of gourmet Thai Street Food. Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft has since been named one of the Top Thai Restaurants in the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine.

In January 2018, Chef DeeDee opened her newest restaurant concept, Chai Yo Modern Thai, in the heart of Buckhead, where she constructs imaginative classical Thai dishes using modern techniques. Niyomkul’s menu at Chai Yo Modern Thai carefully focuses on delivering an inventive interplay of Thai flavors and textures, guiding the diner on a culinary exploration of provincial Thai dishes. Chef DeeDee has a passion for traveling and frequently voyages across the diverse landscapes of Thailand to become inspired by ingredients that give her carefully balanced recipes incredible flavor.

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