Thai Cooking Featured in Hospital Cafe, Sept. 24
Hospital's "guest chef" program is popular with staff and visitors.

Panee Muncharoen-Coffin, RN, C, BSN, MS
Who will be the next guest chef at Mid Coast Hospitalís Cafe? How about an expert in Thai cooking who is not only a native of Thailand (and taught elementary school there) but also a former kitchen supervisor for a restaurant in northeast Thailand?

"Thai cooking has become popular and even famous in the United States in the past few years," the chef told us. "Itís a cuisine that appeals to the senses with its combinations of sweet and sour, spicy, hot, and salt."

Panee Muncharoen-Coffin, a member of the hospitalís nursing staff since 1984, will be the featured chef on Tuesday, September 24.

Panee came to the United States in 1975, earned bachelorís degrees in education, nursing and social work, a master's in guidance counseling, and is now a registered nurse in Mid Coast Hospital's behavior health unit. She is also a major in the Army Nurse Corps reserve and mobilized to the Army's Fort Benning during Desert Storm.

"Most importantly, I enjoy cooking and I enjoy sharing my culture," says Panee.

Panee promises a variety of vegetables, rice and curry with her Thai offerings. ďIíll be using lots of basil, lemon grass, and cilantro, and curry is my passion!" Patrons of the Cafe might also look forward to dishes like ďPad Thai rice noodles and chicken with a peanut sauce," says the Chef.

Paneeís appearance in the Cafe is part of the hospitalís guest chefs program which has featured Richard of Richardís German restaurant and Henry DíAllessandris of Henry and Martyís.