Tukta B. Long will be one of the featured chefs on WGBY’s cooking series On the Menu, which will air on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 PM. On the Menu, which is in its sixth season, is a regional cooking show featuring chefs from the region. Tuk will reveal some of her own cooking secrets and fruit carving techniques that you can add to your meals.
Tukta is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, and lived in Kyoto, Japan for nine years, where she taught cooking and Thai culinary art, and worked as a food consultant,. She first started teaching at the Kyoto YMCA in Kyoto, Japan, appearing several times on Japanese national television network NHK. She was also on local Kansai TV, and was featured in local and national publications.
She taught carving and Thai cooking at Tsuji Culinary School in Osaka, as well as training chefs at several of Osaka's more prestigious hotels. She also taught at ikebana clubs. She was invited by the Thai and Japanese governments to represent Thai culinary culture at several venues in the Kansai area.
Living in the USA since 2003, she has opened Café Lotus with her business partner, Lark Eustace, where she continues to apply her skills as a chef and master carver. She also has a stand at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market, and she caters for a variety of functions. The menu at the café and the market includes ethnic Thai and fusion foods.
On October 25 & 26 Café Lotus will serve the WGBY on-air menu as a special, and every lunch order will receive tapioca, coconut milk and black bean pudding, the featured dessert, for free.