Chat Suansilphong is chef and co-owner of Fish Cheeks, After honing his skills in his father’s restaurant in Thailand, Chat moved to NYC to study at the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Upon graduating from CIA, Chat worked at Colicchio & Sons, where he expanded his culinary repertoire and learned how to navigate a fast-paced kitchen while working with an entirely new cuisine. Next, Chat took his skills outside of the kitchen and into the dining room, spending two years as manager of OBAO, an interpretive modern Asian restaurant. During his time at OBAO, Chat was able to pair his back-of-house expertise with his new front-of-house position, deepening his understanding of the restaurant industry as a whole. After meeting at OBAO, Chat and his brother Ohm teamed up with Jenn Saesue and Pranwalai Kittirattanawiwat to open Fish Cheeks in 2016. In 2019, Chat will open Gai Chicken and Rice, a takeout restaurant in Midtown with a fried-chicken focus.