Nina Sayasack

Chef / Owner, Thai Esane

Nina Sayasack, born in Laos, fled from communism at a young age with her family to the United States. She resided in Arkansas until she moved to Tennessee after high school, where she began a successful career as a hairstylist. Though she excelled as a stylist, she knew food had always been her true passion. Growing up with a family in the food industry, Antioch’s very own King Market, it was inevitable that she would find success branching out with her own restaurant in Music City.

Nina is best described as a “jack of all trades” or, as she prefers, “Queen of All” at Thai Esane located south of 12th Avenue in Nashville. You can catch her there at front-of-house or in the back prepping fresh house delicacies like the Steamed Dumplings, Malaysian-Style Noodles, and various other authentic Thai dishes.

Known for their unique Thai spice, Nina and the kitchen staff at Thai Esane know how to bring the heat! Nina’s mission is to inspire the community in hopes of carrying on and preserving the rich history of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine in the Southeast USA.