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As a young man working alongside his mother in her Bangkok restaurant. Saree Chaimusik discovered his passion for food. The owner and head chef of Charlie’s Sala Thai Restaurant in Greenway said he “learnt a lot” from his mother.” She really taught me the technical side of cooking and a lot of my sauces were her recipes,” he said.
After a holiday in Australia, Mr Chaimusik decided to return to live in 1986. I started as an apprentice and then worked my way to head chef. In July 2003, Charlie and his wife Wandee opened their own restaurant with a name inspired my his nickname. When I first arrived in Australia no-one could pronounce my name and they ended up calling me Charlie. I thought, oh that’s a nice name and it’s a lot more Australian.
Without his wife, Mr Chaimusik said the restaurant would not be able to function. She works really hard in the kitchen and out the front. We really enjoy working together because we get to spend time together and she helps me think of new recipes. The best ingredients and exceptional service have been essential to the success of Charlie’s restaurant.
I like to make the customers feel comfortable and at home. I am very friendly and I treat them like a family. That’s why so many customers keep coming back.
After more than 20 years as a chef, My Chaimusik said he still loves cooking for other people. I feel really happy when customers send their compliments to the chef. I also like learning different styles of cooking. We go to the national Thai Food Fair and the National Multicultural Festival every year and we are very popular there.
As proof of the excellent cuisine at Charlie’s, the Thai restaurant was named best in the ACT and Southern NSW in the 2008 ActewAGL Restaurant and catering Awards.