Chef Kris

Kris Yenbamroong is the 31 year-old Chef of NIGHT + MARKET, his West Hollywood restaurant which has alternately been described as what feels like a G.I. Bar in ‘70s Bangkok and a temple of regional Thai street food. Barely two years old, NIGHT+MARKET was recently named the 17th best restaurant (out of a list of 101) in Los Angeles by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Jonathan Gold for the Los Angeles Times. Chef Kris is the youngest to rank in the top 20. During NIGHT+MARKET’s first two years, Chef Kris garnered back-to-back semifinal nods from the James Beard Foundation in the Rising Star Chef category. In September 2012, Yenbamroong was named Chef of the Year by Los Angeles Magaine.
If the restaurant had a mission statement, it would read as follows: "We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends." There is a term for this in Thai: “aharn glam lao.”
Yenbamroong attended New York University and graduated with a degree in Film. He has no formal culinary training.

chef kris with david chang

chef kris with richard kern

chef kris with rene redzepi

Read what chef Kris has to say about topics such as: fermented shrimp paste, ranch dressing, ventilation in Thai markets, noodle shop stools, fast food. Suggest topics to our twitter: @NtMRKT

Check out this sweet video from Kitschy Kitchen Claire
NIGHT+MARKET: Nam Prik Hed with Chef Kris (Chili Relish & Pork Rinds with Vegetables) from Claire Thomas on Vimeo.