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Thailand Chef Guides Guests In Preparing Dinner at Loyalist College

November 11, 2008

On November 4th, a number of guests participated in “A Taste of Thailand”, a unique and entertaining evening sponsored by the Loyalist College Culinary program. Participants were shown how to prepare a Thai dinner with carving under the guidance of visiting professor Chef Therapong (Odi) Kochpratarn and Professor John Schneeberger, and then enjoyed the meal they prepared.

One of the guests was Gord Mortaley, a guidance counsellor from Sir James Whitney School. “I found the evening to be very enjoyable. It was more than I expected. Both Chefs put on a show of their expertise in their respective areas. We were allowed to try our hand in some of the meal preparation as well as the food carving. Of course the crème de la crème was getting to eat what had been prepared and both the chicken satay and a dessert of rice flour dumplings with sweet coconut filling, were mouth watering. It was evident that the expertise, interest, support and enthusiasm that Chef John and Chef Odie displayed are a part of the program every day.”

Loyalist’s Culinary program has been enhanced this semester through the presence of professor Chef Odi. A master Thai chef with extensive experience in Asian and Continental cookery, Chef Odi’s resume also boasts his skill and experience in fruit and vegetable carving in several five-star international hotels. Former owner and manager of Surfers Paradise, a Thai restaurant and noodle bar in Australia, Chef Odi has worked as a Chef and Culinary instructor in over ten different countries.

Loyalist College is proud to be the first community college in Ontario for which the Thailand Embassy has arranged to have one of their leading chefs join the Culinary professors to enrich the students’ learning experience. To learn more about Loyalist’s Culinary programs visit the College’s website at

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332, e-mail:  or John Schneeberger, Culinary Professor, ext. 2592.