Executive Chef-Founder: Earl Ninsom
Ninsom was only 8 years old when he cooked his first dish: a simple rice-and-pork porridge he prepared for his mother when she fell ill. He hasn’t left the kitchen since. Today critics regard the Bangkok, Thailand-born restaurateur among the most talented chefs in Portland, Oregon, where he helms a small empire of nationally acclaimed Thai restaurants — including Langbaan, PaaDee and Hat Yai. Both the Oregonian and Portland Monthly crowned Langbaan as restaurant of the year in 2014, and GQ ranked it second on its list of the “25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015.” Hat Yai landed on USA Today’s “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” in 2016. A James Beard Award semi-finalist, Ninsom is also a co-founder in Korean barbecue joint Kim Jong Smokehouse. Before opening his first restaurant in 2008, Ninsom — who holds degrees in marketing and economics — traveled the world pursuing a career in international business.
Chef de cuisine: Brandon Hirahara
Surrounded by great food at family get togethers in his hometown of Waipahu on Oahu, Hirahara believes the culinary arts enhance the quality of lives while sustaining life. Brandon refined his craft studying culinary literature and working his way through kitchens such as Portland restaurants Aviary and Genoa. Brandon joined the team at Langbaan in May 2016.
Sous chef: Kitsanaruk Ketkuaviriyanont
Ketkuaviriyanont studying classical Thai cooking in Bangkok, Thailand. He was trained at World and Asia top 50 restaurants including Nahm, Bo.Lan and was a head chef at Err restaurant before joining our team in Dec 2016.
Pastry chef: Maya Erickson
Erickson, a San Francisco native, grew up around good food. Her mother, who owns a dance studio in the Mission, is a passionate cook, and mother and daughter would spend hours watching cooking shows together. Erickson gets to apprentice in a pastry chef’s restaurant kitchen while she was still in high school, she staged for free for a year at Citizen Cake and fall in love with the profession. Erickson is San Francisco rising star pastry chef. Before joining us in Jan 2017, she was the pastry chef at Michelin-starred Lazy Bear.
Kitchen team: Jonathan Maristela
Maristela spent time crafting his cooking career at several of Portland top restaurants including Toro Bravo, Tasty and son, Bollywood theater, Nimblefish and The people pig. Jonathan was a chef de cuisine at Tasty and Alder before joining our team in Feb 2018.
Kitchen team: Daniel Kim
General Manager: Jenny Kwok
Assistant Manager: Cira Hamlin
Sommelier: Dana Frank, Food & wine sommelier of the year in 2015. Author of Wine Food.
Bar Manager: Jonathan Lewis