Baan Siam’s “Chef P’Boom” Kicks Off MVT’s Celebration of Women’s History Month!
Friday March 5, 2021
In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, MVT CID interviewed five MVT leading ladies and developed a series of spotlight articles that we will release during the month of March. Each shared how she got her start in her industry, how she worked her way up in a male-dominated field and what guidance she would give to other aspiring female leaders.
This week we’re featuring Baan Siam Co-Owner & Executive Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong, known affectionally by many as simply “Chef P’Boom,” shown in The Washington Post cover photo below. Read about her story and insights in this MVT Women’s History Month spotlight:
MVT CID: What was your first job in the restaurant industry? How did you get to where you are today?
Chef P’Boom: I started out in a small restaurant in Thailand. Then, I moved up to resorts and five star hotels. It has taken years of hard work, putting a team together that I trust, and believing in myself!
MVT CID: Why do you think that your industry could benefit by having more female leaders?
Chef P’Boom: All industries benefit from having more diverse leadership, with different points of view. That can be especially true with food. Great restaurant scenes are born when you have many different types of people, cooking different types of food. As more women, and more minorities, step into leadership positions in the restaurant business, that can only be good news for our industry!
MVT CID: What is your advice to women looking to make it in the business?
Chef P’Boom: The restaurant business can be very male dominated. But if you have the talent, and the drive, there is an ocean of opportunities out there. Never waste your time working somewhere that doesn’t respect you for what you contribute.
MVT CID: If you weren’t in the restaurant business, what would you be doing?
Chef P’Boom: That’s a hard question to answer. I wanted to be in this business since I was young. I’ve always been pursuing this dream and I’ve never really stopped to think about the alternative. It can take that kind of focus to make it in the restaurant business.
MVT CID: What’s your favorite part about Life in MVT?
Chef P’Boom: The people here have been so supportive as we moved in and started operations during COVID. We start to recognize customers as we drive to work, we get to play with the dogs as they walk by. It’s a wonderful neighborhood!
MVT CID celebrates and appreciates all of the women who live, work, do business in, visit, protect and serve our community. Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!
Baan Siam is a Thai restaurant in MVT that opened to rave reviews in June 2020. The restaurant is located at 425 I St NW and offers patio seating, socially-distanced indoor dining, carryout, and delivery.