Pranee Khruasanit Halvorsen—just call her Pranee—lives in Seattle but was born and raised in Phuket, Thailand where her life revolved around the business and pleasures of cooking and eating good food. Through her mother and grandmother and others in her village, she acquired a wealth of knowledge that ignited her own passion for cooking.
Today Pranee shares this vast knowledge with others in order to demystify traditional Thai recipes and to help students learn how to balance the essential Thai flavors—sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Get them right and your food will do a tap dance on your tongue!
By sharing her passion for teaching Thai cooking and culture, Pranee has forged a link between her present-day home in Seattle, where she has lived since 1992, and the village where she grew up in Thailand. She travels back to Thailand every year to record and preserve old recipes, and she hosts culinary tours to Thailand and Southeast Asia. This website provides information about the many ways that Pranee makes her recipes and stories available, including Thai Cooking Classes, Private Parties, Culinary Tours, and Pranee’s Thai Kitchen Blog.
Thai Cooking Classes in Seattle
Pranee’s one-day Thai cooking classes are held at schools throughout Seattle and the southern Puget Sound region. Their goal is to help students achieve traditional Thai flavors while cooking at home. Most Thai ingredients are now available locally at reasonable prices. Pranee shares information on how and where to shop for these ingredients as well as how to take advantage of modern tools and techniques for preparing them without losing authentic tastes and flavors.
Energetic and fun, Pranee teaches Thai cooking with a spoon in her hand so that students can become skilled at using their senses to judge their own cooking. Her Thai cooking classes are suitable for beginning to experienced cooks and are taught throughout the Puget Sound region, including Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Redmond, Gig Harbor and Olympia. Locations include A Chefs Kitchen, Bayview School of Cooking, Bella Kitchen Essentials, Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center, Canyon River Ranch, Cook's World, Culinary Events Northwest, and PCC Cooks.
Private Cooking Parties & Team Building Events. Pranee also provides individual, customized Thai cooking classes in your Seattle-area home or business. Whether for entertaining, a special event, teambuilding, or just a fun get-together with friends, a Thai cooking class with Pranee is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Pranee’s Thai cooking classes are not just about Thai food, but about an approach to food and to life.