Kristen and I met on a food truck job for the 2012 Austin SXSW Festival. We quickly realized we were attending the same culinary school, and although immediately smitten, it was not until I had her cooking that I knew she was the one. You could say it was Love at first bite!
Food brought us together. We would cook together nightly, with a bottle of wine and John Legend to accompany us. It was during these dinners that I shared my passion for Thai food and my desire to open a Thai inspired food truck. Two years earlier I had traveled to Thailand during my second and final deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. I was overwhelmed by the amazing culture, people, and of course, the food. In true Kristen fashion, she surprised me with a Thai Street Food cookbook. This became my bible, and unbeknownst to her, she had just sealed her fate to be my partner in culinary crime. Together we created what would become Pretty Thai®.