Ya's Cookery School is Krabi’s first Thai cookery school opened by a professional chef and master of Thai Cuisine Cholaya “Ya” Laothong in 2000.
Ya studied Food Nutrition at Rajamangala Institute of Technology, and then spent most of her life training and working in a number of prestigious hotels in Bangkok, Jakarta and Luxemburg. After moving to Ao Nang, Krabi Ya served as the Food and Beverage Manager at Ao Nang Villa Resort for two years and shortly she found out that her true passion is teaching.
The lively nature and caring attitude of Ya’s were the keys to success of Krabi Cookery School. The school is proud for having taught many students from all over the world, including the famous Chef Gordon Ramsey. Ya is happy to share her memories of the encounter, saying that she didn't know who Ramsay was, and they cooked seafood dipping sauce and fish curry, a traditional dish of Southern Thailand.