Thompson Tran

Executive Chef & Owner, Wooden Boat Food Company

Thompson Tran is Executive Chef and Owner of boutique catering company Wooden Boat Food Company specializing in Vietnamese and French fare in Kitchener, Ontario. His award-winning dipping sauce NUOC CHAM can be found in over 200 retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

As a former chef instructor, chef Tran has worked in both the private and public sectors of the food industry and has spent years honing his skills at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop’s, Il Giardino, and Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. Chef Thompson can be seen providing lively and engaging information-packed cooking demonstrations in BC and Ontario.

Chef Thompson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance, a Bachelor of Education, a diploma from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and his Level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust. In his pursuit of happiness, he also took a two-year hiatus from both cooking and teaching to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination in 2010.

Chef Thompson now lives in the close-knit community of Kitchener, Ontario with his lovely wife, two darling children, and their lovable furball Jetson.

Photo: Terry Manzo


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