Born in the countryside region of Isaan in Thailand, Nutcha was raised living the true ‘farm to table’ experience, using only local, fresh, organic ingredients at home. She has been privately trained by Michelin star chefs in Thailand, received her Thai Cuisine diploma from The Blue Elephant in Bangkok, certification from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok Cooking School, and her food carving certificate from Bussaracum Royal Thai Cuisine.
Her commitment to fresh farm and field to table ingredients, life-long immersion in traditional Thai cuisine, and exceptional training with some of the best Thai chefs in the world guarantees each guest a mouth-watering meal that will please your eyes, nose and palate.
Rocky D’Souza joins the Baan Lao team bringing a wealth of leadership and customer service experience from his time with popular brands including Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hilton Worldwide, and Accor.
His commitment to engaging and motivating our team, and his desire to create unique and memorable moments for our Baan Lao guests makes him a perfect fit as our Food & Beverage Manager.
Before beginning his career, Rocky studied Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida Atlantic University, U.S.A.
Ken Iaci is a stalwart presence in the Vancouver restaurant scene and especially here in Steveston, where he owns and operates Papi’s Ristorante Italiano. Born a restauranteur, his family owned Vancouver’s first Italian restaurant, Iaci’s Casa Capri that operated from 1939 to 1982, earning them induction as charter members into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Ken’s cooking career was launched at Hotel Georgia, before further honing his skills at the Dorchester Hotel in London, where he trained under celebrated chef, Anton Mosimann. Upon returning to Vancouver, Ken became well known for his Executive Chef role at some of the city’s most popular restaurants.
Ken has maintained his Italian restaurant roots, operating Papi’s in Steveston since 2002, and recently joined forces with his daughter, Daniela, to take on the role of Executive Chef at Quilchena Golf & Country Club.
Pier-Alexis has been providing world class wine service and enhancing guest experiences at some of the most prestigious Michelin star establishments, and across three continents, from Montreal, to London, Sydney, New York City and California.
In 2014, he was named World Young Sommelier of the Year, and in 2016, he became one of very few to earn the Master Sommelier title before the age of 30; a title held by only five individuals in Canada and 257 worldwide. In 2017, he was named Quebec’s Best Sommelier by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, and one year later was awarded Best Sommelier of the Americas by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale.
Baan Lao is proud to have Emmanuelle Viennois as our Tea Sommelier. Originally from France, Emmanuelle is a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier® with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.
She has carefully selected the tea pairings to complement our nine course dinner menu, in addition to curating the incredible tea selections available on our beverage menu. She has also taught our team of servers about each tea, and trained them on the proper service techniques. At times, you may find Emmanuelle at Baan Lao, sharing her knowledge as she guides and educates our guests on their tea choices. For Emmanuelle, tea is more than a simple beverage. Like food, tea is a full sensory experience, leading us on a journey of our senses and reconnecting us with ourselves and the world around us.
Committed to contemplative practices, she also works as a meditation guide, conducting Mindful Tea and Appreciation workshops.
Kaitlyn Stewart began bartending to help pay for her university education but fell in love with the craft, discovering her passion was creating great experiences and exceptional drinks for her customers.
Kaitlyn loves to shake up a wide selection of innovative yet approachable drinks, incorporating local spirits and seasonal ingredients, making her the perfect choice to create Baan Lao’s signature cocktails and mocktails you’ll find featured on our drink menu.
Well known in Vancouver and beyond for her talent, Kaitlyn was named World Class Bartender of the Year in 2017, during the World Class Cocktail Competition in Mexico City.
Elena MacGregor is a branding expert, 30-year entrepreneur and business coach. Elena’s portfolio includes the prestigious, award-winning design of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Logo. Her company, Blue Square Design Studio (formerly Rivera Design Group), specializes in developing branding and marketing materials for small and medium business.
In 2010, Elena was chosen as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. She has received the Toastmasters Community Leadership Award, the CASE Bronze Award, the StoraEnso Design Excellence Award and the Neenah Papers Silver Award.
Elena’s work and interviews have appeared in Applied Arts Magazine, HOW (Design) Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CBC Radio, CBC for the Americas, The Province, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, and Architectural Digest.