Watcharee at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Watcharee’s father, Wisit Limanon, as a young supreme court justice with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Watcharee Limanon, the creative force behind the Watcharee’s brand, is passionate about sharing Thailand’s culinary traditions.
As a young girl in Thailand, she spent many happy hours with her mother learning to make traditional Thai food from family recipes. When it came time to choose a career though, she followed in the footsteps of her father, a Thai Supreme Court justice, and became a lawyer.
It was while traveling in Asia to advise governments on environmental law that she rediscovered her passion for cooking and was inspired to become a chef. Changing careers, she deepened her knowledge and skills in Thailand’s culinary traditions at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School in Bangkok.
Watcharee now lives on Cousins Island in Casco Bay in Maine where she enjoys the local abundance of seafood and fresh produce and teaches the joys of authentic Thai cuisine. In 2014, noticing that ready-made Thai sauces on grocers’ shelves did not reflect the best of Thai traditions, she began bottling her own sauces to share with friends and family.
As word spread and interest grew, Watcharee began selling her sauces through local specialty food stores, eventually expanding nationally.
As principal of the Thai Culinary Arts Studio