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Bringing out the authenticity

A chef from the Big Mango is a hit on the Big Apple dining scene

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It is not easy to get 100% positive reviews on a leading cooking website like, which is a community marketplace matching talented chefs with discerning clientele, many of whom are well-known celebrities. Chuck Valla, a self-taught Thai chef, gets there with his flavourful Thai food. 

Chuck worked as a Chinese teacher at schools in Bangkok, before deciding to pursue his passion for fashion by taking a course in New York City. But throughout his life, he'd always found solace in the kitchen.

"I grew up in the restaurant business because that's what my family did, and I always helped my grandmother cook when I was young. She was the best cook and her Thai food was excellent. That's where I learned how to cook. I never went to proper cooking classes or anything _ I learned on the go while helping my grandmother," said Chuck, who is ranked first in the Thai food and Asian food categories on

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