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James Syhabout

Born in Thailand and raised in Oakland, James Syhabout is the chef and proprietor of Commis, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Oakland since 2010, Hawker Fare, Old Kan, and Hawking Bird. Syhabout formally studied at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and developed his craft at numerous Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe. Syhabout has appeared on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” twice, as sous chef for both Mourad Lahlou and David Kinch, aiding them in achieving triumphant victories. His first cookbook, written with John Birdsall, is “Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee chef’s Thai Isan & Lao Roots.”

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