The Chefs Among Us, Part III — Architect turned chef (VIDEO)

This is the third video of a three-part series, “The Chefs Among Us,” which chronicles the stories of cooking instructors in the Bay Area who bring elements of their past professions to the kitchen. View Part I, which features a retired physicist turned cooking instructor, and Part II, which focuses on a former fashion buyer who started an Indian cooking business.

For chef Chat Mingkwan, cooking is not just about the taste, but also about the texture, cut and presentation of the food. An architect first, Mingkwan became a French-trained chef and teaches Asian-inspired cooking classes full-time through his business, “Unusual Touch.” In addition to teaching, Mingkwan is an organizer of the renowned weekly Sunday brunch at Berkeley’s Thai Buddhist Temple.


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