Andy Ricker is the chef/owner of Michelin starred Pok Pok Ny in Red Hook, Brooklyn as well as 7 other restaurants in Portland, NYC and L.A. He first visited Thailand as a backpacker in 1987. Since then, he has spent several months each year traveling, eating, cooking and studying the food culture in Thailand and neighboring countries.
He is also the founder and owner of Pok Pok Som (a drinking vinegar company) and is a partner in Pok Pok Thaan (a charcoal importing enterprise). Among other achievements and accolades, Andy is a two time James Beard Award winner and best selling cookbook author.