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Nuoc Cham

Thompson Tran

Founder & Executive Chef

Thompson Tran

Chef Thompson currently runs his boutique catering company Wooden Boat Food Company specializing in Vietnamese and French fare in Port Moody, BC and Kitchener, Ontario. His award-winning flagship sauce NUOC CHAM (dipping/dressing sauce), XA (lemongrass marinade), and KHO (Savoury Caramel BBQ/Stewing Marinade) can be found in over 130 retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

As a former teaching chef instructor Chef Thompson has worked in both the private and public sector of the food industry and has spent many years honing his skills at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop’s, Il Giardino, and Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. 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 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.

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

For further inquiries or general information, please email info@woodenboatfoodcompany.com, call 519-489-0123, or check out the website at www.woodenboatfoodcompany.com/recipes 

Sally Berkenstein

Administrative Sales Manager

With over 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and technology development Sally brings a wealth of knowledge, a clear perspective on growth and an eye for detail. She is happy to connect with you about any concerns, or requests for our services.

On her days away from the office, she loves to mountain climb, read and cook for her 12 year old son and dog Oscar.