Top Chef Season 20 May Phattanant Thongthong

May Phattanant ThongThong

HOMETOWN: Chiang Mai, Thailand
OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive Chef & Co-Partner, MAZE Dining
LAST SEASON: Finalist, “Top Chef Thailand,” Season 1

May Phattanant Thongthong is the Executive Chef and Co-Partner at MAZE Dining, voted one of the Top 20 Bangkok restaurants by W magazine in 2020 and 2021. The name is a playful riff on her career journey to becoming a chef. Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand, May didn’t have the money to go to culinary school so she taught herself by reading cookbooks. She has worked for over 15 years as a professional chef running the very popular Monkey’s Kitchen and My Bistro restaurants in Chiang Mai. She was the runner-up on season one of “Top Chef Thailand” and won “Iron Chef Thailand” twice. She has an amazing palate and the ability to remember and recreate any dish. She is excited to compete on “Top Chef” World All-Stars and bring her native northern Thai cuisine to the world stage. In her free time, she loves to sing as much as she loves to cook.