Chef Kimnath was born in Cambodia of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese descent. While she grew up surrounded by Khmer (ethnic Cambodian) cooking, her Thai great grandmother had been a restaurateur, and her Vietnamese grandmother cooked for festivals in Buddhist temples.
In 1999, Chef Nath moved to Crestone, Colorado and began cooking for private parties, special events, and festivals in Colorado and New Mexico, including the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. She has won multiple awards at the annual Santa Fe Souper Bowl: her Tom Yum was named Best Seafood Soup in 2014 and again in 2016. Her Thai-Khmer Chicken Coconut soup won the overall award in 2017. She began cooking Thai-Khmer fusion cuisine at Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen one night a week. Thai Night became so popular that, three years later, it was Thai Night four nights a week. Now she is eager to bring her inspired Khmer cuisine to our Love Yourself Cafe.
Asked why she loves to cook, Chef Nath answers, “I love to see people healthy. When they finish their food, I feel like I have added merit to their lives.”