Culinary Arts Chef-Instructor
As a New York City native, King Phojanakong's culinary influences began at home with the inspirational cooking of his Filipino mother and Thai father. Childhood summers spent in the Philippines furthered his interest in the culinary world and instilled the importance of community and culture.
Upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, King worked with Alex Lee and Daniel Boulud at Restaurant Daniel and was part of the opening team of David Bouley’s Danube.
King is now at the forefront of the burgeoning Filipino food movement and is the chef-owner of Kuma Inn, which opend in 2003 to critical and popular acclaim and is located in the heart of New York's Lower East Side. King is also the creator of the award wining Bronx Hot Sauce and The Bronx Salad.
King has been featured in television programs including Cutthroat Kitchen, The Rachael Ray Show, King in the Garden, Selling New York and Mike Colameco’s Real Food. King has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations and companies including The United Soybean Board, San Miguel Produce, Campbell’s Soup Company and The Culinary Institute of America.