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November 11, 2008
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Free Thai Cooking Classes!

We are excited to announce a collaboration with the Royal Thai Government to provide all of our customers a unique opportunity to experience Thai cuisine!

Chef Chai Siriyarn of Thai Marnee Restaurant in San Francisco.

Dec 1-4, we will be hosting a series of free cooking classes, featuring San Francisco Chef Chai Siriyarn.  It’s such a treat to have an acclaimed instructor as Chef Siriyarn that we’re offering this class FOUR times!  Please read the following press release for more details.

Classes are limited to 30 people per class, so please register ASAP to reserve your spot!


Talin Market and Royal Thai Government host free cooking classes Dec 1-4 by internationally acclaimed Chef Chai Siriyarn

Talin Market World Food Fare and the Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles, under the Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government, will be hosting free cooking classes December 1-4 to promote Thai cuisine and food exports in New Mexico. Internationally-acclaimed Chef Chai Siriyarn, owner of one of San Francisco’s top Thai restaurants, will be instructing.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mex. – November 10, 2008 – Talin Market World Food Fare and the Thai Trade Center of Los Angeles will be hosting free cooking classes to local chefs and the general public on December 1-4. Internationally-acclaimed Chef Chai Siriyarn, owner of one of Zagat Survey’s top Thai restaurants in San Francisco, will show participants how easy and healthy authentic Thai cuisine can be. For more information, visit

Through the first collaboration of its kind in New Mexico, the Thai Trade Center hopes to build awareness of Thailand’s many food exports. Having already promoted Thai products at this year’s Expo New Mexico, the Thai government hopes that this unique, hands-on approach will create excitement for Thai cuisine and food exports.

Thai cuisine is quickly becoming popular around the country, but the Thai government hopes to ensure the authenticity of the food being branded as “Thai”. “Some people add peanuts and soy sauce to a dish and call it ‘Thai’, but that’s far from accurate,” says Victor Limary, Talin Market’s Director of Operations. “The authentic flavors of Thailand are not difficult to create at home. Once people learn some basic of cooking Thai cuisine, they’ll find that it’s easy to make.”

Chef Siriyarn, using his decades of experience cooking Thai food in America, will prepare a variety of authentic appetizers, soups, salads, curries, noodles, stir-fries, and desserts. Included are some dishes that are popular in Thailand, but completely unfamiliar to New Mexico residents. Additionally, the Thai Trade Center will be introducing new food products for all to sample.

Classes on December 1 & 2 will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and will concentrate on preparing Thai cuisine at home. Classes on December 3 & 4 will be held from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and are targeted to chefs and food industry professionals. The media are especially welcome at all sessions. Registration is available at, or at (505) 268-0206 and is highly encouraged — classes are free of charge, but are limited to 30 people.

About Chef Siriyarn:

Chai Siriyarn is the chef-owner of Marnee Thai Restaurant, one of the Zagat Survey’s Top Thai Restaurants in the city for the past 17 years. Bangkok born and bred, Chef Chai spent his childhood steeped in the restaurant business. Chef Chai determined not only to continue in his family’s craft, but to extend its reach to the United States. His culinary accolades include winning the grand prize in the Los Angeles Pad Thai Festival contest in 2000, and earning the “Thailand Super Chef Award” in 2003. He was also named “International Chef of the Year” by the Awards of the Americas in New York City in 2001. Chef Chai was a guest chef to the Royal Thai Embassy at a tsunami relief fund-raising event in Washington, DC. He has also been a guest chef at The University of Massachusetts and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone campus since 2000. He is a member of The Culinary Institute of America Asian Cuisines Advisory Council and is the author of “Thai Cuisine Beyond Curry”. For more information, visit

About Talin Market World Food Fare:

Talin Market World Food Fare is a leader in providing and distributing authentic ethnic foods in New Mexico. As the largest, locally-owned international grocer in New Mexico, Talin carries hard-to-find food items from every continent except Anarctica. Based in one of Albuquerque’s most ethnically-diverse district, Talin Market has been providing immigrants with a sense of home, and food adventurers a taste of the world since 1978. For more information, visit

About Thai Trade Center:

Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles (TTCLA), a branch of Department of Export Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, The Royal Thai Government, aims not only to provide fast, reliable, and efficient information and services to both US and Thai businesses, but also to participate and organize activities to introduce qualified Thai products into the US market in the west coast area. For more information, visit

Additional questions may be directed to Victor Limary, Director of Operations for Talin Market at, 505-268-0206 or Chappon Rochanasena with the Thai Trade Center at or (323) 466-9645.

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7 Responses to “Free Thai Cooking Classes!”

  1. sandypino - November 25th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    victor there are 3 of us who would like to attend all 4 classes.

    sandy at apd

  2. tkolb - November 26th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    My son and I would both like to attend the cooking class on Dec. 2 nd. Is that possible?

  3. talin - November 28th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Please sign up here:

  4. talin - November 28th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    If you would like to be on the waiting list for any full classes, please call us at 505-268-0206 and asked to be placed on the waiting list. We will notify you as soon as we can if there are any cancellations.


  5. talin - December 1st, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Sorry, but the 12/1 and 12/2 classes are completely full, and we can’t take any more names for the waiting list. However, there are still a few spaces left for 12/4, and we can take a few names for the wait lists on 12/3 and 12/4.

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