Born in Portland, Maine, Chef Tim Butler, he started in the industry at the tender age of fourteen washing dishes in a small Italian restaurant.
Story by Laurence Civil & Luxe Team
He completed his formal training at the esteemed Culinary Institute of America (CIA). After graduating in 1998 he was appointed executive pastry chef of Aquavit in New York City under Chef Marcus Sammuelson at the ripe old age of 21, and in 2007 was named New York Rising Star Chef.
He then went onto open the acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Providence with Chef Michael Cimarusti, working as pastry chef at Bernardus Lodge in his hometown Carmel, and working at Restaurant Daniel under Chef Daniel Bouloud in New York.
Moving to Thailand in 2009 he was appointed Executive Chef at Eat Me, in Soi Pipat off of Convent Road Bangkok a year later. There he evolved his own style of modern, Asian influenced comfort food which resulted in the restaurant being listed in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the past three years, in 2015 making it to 25th place.
When Tim goes out for dinner he is generally looking a casual and fun experience, as most of the time when he is working he eats late at night. He is a regular at Boon Pochana in Silom, a short walk from his restaurant as it stays open until 4am. On his days off he is happiest cooking at home for his wife and young family.
“ I think that I’m much less critical as a diner than I am when I am cooking,” says Tim, “patience is a virtue. When I’m eating out my priority is to relax, switch off and having a good time. My favourite dishes are constantly changing depending on where and what I have eaten most recently. Currently it’s lots of spicy offal, eaten late at night cooked either in a Thai, Chinese or western style.”
“I am pretty laid back and easy going by nature,” he says, “what is most likely to peeve me is rude or impatient customers at my table or other tables is my biggest pet peeve. Such behaviour is completely unacceptable to me either from my customers or my fellow dinners. Dining is a celebration so let’s be nice to each other and enjoy the experience.”
Below are some signatures dishes at Eat Me, Bangkok
EAT ME ADDRESS:
20 metres off Convent Rd (in Soi Pipat 2)
Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
Instruct driver to go to: “Silom Soi Convent” and then Soi Pipat 2
TELEPHONE: +66 22380931
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