How Classically French-Trained Leah Cohen Found Her Niche in Southeast Asian Cuisine

Chef Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao in Manhattan’s East Village may have become a household name after competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 5, but now she’s making waves of her own, one pork dish at a time.

In this “On Foodable Side Dish” episode, brought to you by the Foodable Network, Foodable Video Correspondent Agnes Chung gets to the bottom of why Cohen decided on Southeast Asian cuisine, a dramatic shift from her background of being classically trained in French cuisine, and even working up the ranks in notable restaurants such as Eleven Madison Park. Discover the meaning and influences behind Pig & Khao, the best way to authentically research ethnic cuisines, and why it’s especially challenging to gain respect as a female chef in today’s kitchen.

Sneak Peek: Manhattan’s Pig & Khao With Chef Leah Cohen

With a dining room full of elements with industrial charm, Pig & Khao sits in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and brings a fresh taste to Southeast Asian inspired cuisine. At the forefront of the operation is none other than Chef Leah Cohen, who you might remember from “Top Chef” Season 5. 

Above, we give viewers a sneak peek of — as per the restaurant’s Instagram bio — “kick-ass Southeast Asian food served up with a gnarly side of LES culture.” Dig in, and stay tuned for the full “On Foodable Side Dish” episode, coming soon!