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Sirichalerm Svasti
Sirichalerm Svasti.jpg
Born (1953-07-16) 16 July 1953 (age 65)
OccupationChef, writer
Parent(s)Thanatsri Svasti (father)
Pra-on Malakul (mother)

Mom Luang Sirichalerm Svasti (Thai: ศิริเฉลิม สวัสดิวัตน์; RTGSSirichaloem Sawatdiwat; born 16 July 1953), usually known by his nickname McDang[1] (Thai: หมึกแดง; RTGSMuek Daeng), is a Thai food expert, chef, and writer. He is the only Thai chef to have his own training class (called "Principle of Thai Cookery") at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born into the Thai royal family, McDang completed his early education at Cheltenham College (Gloucestershire, England), Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, (Washington DC) and at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).[4]


McDang's culinary training in New York led to a career as executive chef at The Reach Hotel (Key West, Florida), Food and Beverage Director for Paul Tripp Restaurant Group (Key West Florida), and owner and manager of the Back Porch Cafe in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

McDang returned to Thailand in 1993, where he began writing about food and cooking, and appeared on TV cooking shows.

Today, McDang is " of Thailand's most recognized and learned food authorities.[4] He is the author of several best-selling Thai language cookbooks, host of the popular weekly TV program McDang Show, writes weekly food columns for Thai and English-language newspapers, and consults for a number of companies, including Bangkok Airways, Siam Winery,[5] and Wai Wai instant noodles.

Internationally, McDang has appeared on a number of TV shows and has lectured in Australia and New Zealand. Each year he is invited to lecture at culinary schools in the United States about Thai cuisine. The notes for these lectures formed the basis for his first English language cookbook, The Principles of Thai Cookery (2010).

Chef McDang, himself descended from the royal family, asserts that the difference between Thai royal cuisine and regular Thai cuisine is fiction. He maintains that the only difference between the food of the palace and that of the common people is the former's elaborate presentation and better ingredients.[4][6]


Since 1998, McDang has written eight books. He also writes a "McDang Guide" column in the newspaper Daily News, which presents good foods and great restaurants in Thailand and around the world.

Thai language[edit]

  • McDang Cook Book (1998)
  • Yum Thai Yum Farang Cook Book (1999)[7]
  • McDang Cook Book 2 (2000)
  • McDang Guide 2001 (restaurant guide) (2001)
  • McDang Guide 2003 (restaurant guide) (2003)
  • McDang's Recipes (2003)
  • Mcdang Guide (restaurant guide) (2004)
  • Delicious Food from McDang's Kitchen (2005)[8]

English language[edit]

  • Chef McDang (2010). Principles of Thai Cookery. Co Ltd. ISBN 6169060107. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

Thai television[edit]

  • McDang Show (MCOT Channel 9, 2007 – present)[9]
  • McDang's Kitchen Weekly (ITV, 2003–2007)
  • Father & Son Kitchen (ITV, 2000–2003)
  • McDang Koo Krua (Channel 5, 2000–2001)
  • McDang Plang Ros (Channel 7,1998–2000)
  • Krob Chakraval Kitchen (Channel 9, 1997–1998)

International television[edit]


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