Joe’s Thai culinary experience was initiated in his family’s kitchens in Bangkok and later in Chicago. He learned traditional techniques and careful balancing of flavors by observing and participating in the preparation of family meals. In September 2008, he and his wife Holly opened Sen Yai, Sen Lek, their critically acclaimed Thai restaurant in North Minneapolis. Joe has also worked at the much beloved former Chet’s Taverna and Nicollet Island Inn, where he developed his baking talents. In addition, Joe spent three summers preparing and selling artisan breads and pastries at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers’ Market on University Ave. Frejas Breads was a Sat. morning all-family commitment, fondly named for his two children (Freya & Jasper).