Speakers’ Corner: “The Garlic Sauce” – Nuoc Cham Vietnamese Sauce Demo – Chef Thompson Tran (2-2:45PM)

Chef Thompson demonstrates the traditional Vietnamese use of garlic with two sample tasting dishes:  Dish #1: Bean Sprout, Chinese garlic chive, fried garlic and shallot, Nuoc Cham dressing. Dish #2: Tamarind Sweet Sour Broth, slow-fried garlic, jasmine rice.

Chef Thompson currently runs his boutique catering company Wooden Boat Food Company specializing in Vietnamese and French fare in Port Moody, BC and Kitchener, Ontario. His award-winning flagship sauce NUOC CHAM (dipping/dressing sauce), XA (lemongrass marinade), and KHO (Savoury Caramel BBQ/Stewing Marinade) can be found in over 130 retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

As a former teaching chef instructor Chef Thompson has worked in both the private and public sector of the food industry and has spent many years honing his skills at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop’s, Il Giardino, and Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. Thompson can be seen providing lively and engaging information-packed cooking demonstrations in BC and Ontario.

Chef Thompson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance, a Bachelor of Education, a diploma from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and his level Level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust. In his pursuit of happiness, he also took a two-year hiatus from both cooking and teaching to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination in 2010. Thompson now lives in the close-knit community of Kitchener, Ontario with his lovely wife, two darling children, and their lovable fur ball Jetson.

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