Kieu-My PHAM THAI
“I managed to really leave my corporate career without regrets”
Kieu-My PHAM THAI, CNM Natural Chef Graduate
What has been your main occupation since finishing the course?
Creating plant-based recipes inspired by world cuisines for families, a yoga retreat and a food start-up.
How much of a cook were you before starting this course?
I have always been cooking as a side business (during all my corporate life). I became a professional pastry chef after being trained in Paris, I had my own catering company cooking for start-ups.
What made you decide that it was for you?
Because I am so good when I speak about food to people since childhood. It’s creative, it brings people back to the table. It’s about our body and mind. I wanted to learn the basics of cooking and all about healthy cooking.
What did/do you find especially enjoyable?
- I enjoy the courses that were compulsory before having the Natural Chef
- Within the classes, I enjoyed especially the pulses and grains, the spices and the business class.
What did/do you find especially useful?
The business class, the knife skills
Where did you complete your internship?
Yes. The best experience was working at NOPI (Ottolenghi)
What did you learn from the experience?
Be organised, be quick, be creative.
I also realised that I love cooking especially WITH people (and certainly not just FOR people).
I had a better understanding of flavours as NOPI uses a lot of herbs and spices.
Please give any examples of how you helped provide your hosts with a fresh take on healthy food, or otherwise benefited them, and any feedback you got.
I am training some English families to understand the basics of healthy and tasty cooking to bring back families around the table.
I am able to customize recipes I create according to preferences but also health goals. The recipe creation is especially a new skill that I feel much more confident than before.
How has the course changed your life?
I am not only more confident in cooking but I am much more confident to take people on a journey to flavoursome healthy cooking. Also, I can see healthy cooking as a business and no longer as a hobby.
How are you/will you be using your CNM Natural Chef qualification?
- Creating recipes for families and companies
- Training people in healthy cooking
- Cooking for people (families and guests at the retreat)
- Would be happy to act as a consultant in restaurants to improve their menu
What advice would you offer to others thinking of doing this course?
CNM provides us with a lot of knowledge. The choice of the internship is key to put that knowledge into practice.
If you are interested in embarking on a career like Kieu-My has, come along to our next Open Evening .
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