Following the departure of David Thompson and right-hand man Prin Polsuk from Nahm, the Michelin-star restaurant at the Como Metropolitan hotel has now announced its new figurehead.

Bangkok-born chef Pim Techamuanvivit joins the hotel from San Francisco, where she founded the one Michelin-star Kin Khao restaurant.

Originally a food writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine, Pim opened Kin Khao in 2014 and won her first star in 2016.

Pim also runs the Chez Pim food blog, which the Times newspaper in London called the world’s sixth top food blog.

She joins Nahm as the restaurant’s “consultant chef.” Exactly how deeply this role goes remains uncertain. Asked how frequently Pim would be in the kitchen, a representative from the hotel said, “from time to time.”  

“I want diners who visit Nahm to feel as though they’ve been invited to the home of their Thai friends and to experience an authentic cuisine that’s rich in flavours and cooked from the heart,” said Pim in a statement.

The restaurant’s new head chef, Suraja “Jan” Ruangnukulki, was promoted after former head chef Prin Polsuk also announced his departure to join the team at the soon-to-open Edition hotel in Bangkok.

David Thompson first opened Nahm 18 years ago in London, where he received his first Michelin star while introducing Thai cuisine to international fine-dining culture. He returned to Bangkok in 2010 to open Nahm at the Como Metropolitan hotel, where he also brought onboard chef Prin to take over the kitchen.

Most recently, Nahm was awarded a star in Michelin's inaugural Bangkok guide. The restaurant has also continuously featured in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.