Bounnome, or Nome as his friends call him, was born in Vientiane the capital city of Laos. Upon coming to America Nome decided he wanted to become a chef. Nome's first cooking experience was at the China First in Albuquerque as a cook in 1981. From there he moved to Great Wall of China Restaurant in Ruidoso, NM.
It was in 1983 that he finally became Chef, which was at Minato in Albuquerque. It would be two years before moving on to the Twin Dragon. After that, in 1989, he and his wife Seng, opened the Sakura Teriyaki restaurant in 1989 on Central Ave. Later while Seng ran the Sakura he went to learn Chinese cooking from master Chef Lin Gua in California. And returned to help a relative run the Hawaiian Restaurant on Louisiana as Chef, in 1995.
In 1993 Nome went to study cooking under master Thai Chef Willa Pan in Udon, Thailand. These studies included every area of cooking from food buying, prep, cooking and presentation. This was not the typical tourist cooking classes you see when visiting Thailand, these were in-depth classes lasting 8 hours a day for two weeks.
Highly skilled in the Asia cooking arts is to say the least; Nome is probably one of the few Master Asian Chefs that one can find in the southwest states.
He now opens his masterpiece the Orchid Thai Cuisine at 4300 Central Ave in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nome's family includes his wife and partner Seng and their two children Diana 16, and Kevin 14.