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Bangkok's iconic street chef gets her just desserts

Culinary world boils over as surprise award makes Jay Fai a star

Supinya Junsuta, universally known as Jay Fai, has run her Michelin-starred restaurant Raan Jay Fai for more than four decades. The 76-year-old street food star works in her Bangkok eatery 12-14 hours a day, rarely taking a break. (Courtesy of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants)

BANGKOK -- It's a Thai Cinderella story, seasoned with lemongrass, coriander and curry. The culinary world boiled over in February when Asia's 50 Best Restaurants announced that its Icon Award, which typically honors titans of high-end fine dining, was instead going to Bangkok's street food queen, Supinya Junsuta, universally known as Jay Fai.

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