For the first episode of season two, we had the opportunity to sit down with Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader from Khe-Yo, located in Tribeca. At Khe-Yo, Phet is cooking traditional Laotian cuisine with modern touches, at a hip and vibrant location in Tribeca. Chef Phet was born in Laos and came to Wichita, Kansas through a refugee resettlement program as a young child. Sadly Phet’s biological father passed away while living in a refugee camp, and you’ll hear Phet share how he decided to embark on a journey to find out more about his late father. 

People In This Episode

Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader, Chef & Owner

Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader, Chef & Owner


Food & Drink In This Episode

The American dream is whatever you want and that’s what people forget. You can do it. Just go and do it—just try and be good to people when you do it.
— Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader

About the Region

Phet was born in Thangon, Laos, grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and is now bringing Laotian cuisine to New York City.



Location & Details

157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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Episode Credits

Photography: Alyssa Broadus & Chris Dolt

Host: Danielle Lehman

Produced by: Oliver J. Hughes