Kamolnutt (Nu-Beer) Putthongvilai

Nu-Beer is the restaurant manager at M.Y. China, a modern Chinese restaurant located at Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of downtown San Francisco. M.Y. China is lead by Chef Yong Dong (Tony) Wu, who represents the new generation of talented Chinese chefs. He is part of the vanguard of chefs who bring a dynamic and innovative approach to traditional Chinese cooking, experimenting with both new ingredients and cooking methods. 

Thanks to her training at San Francisco Wine School, Nu-Beer now runs the wine program at M.Y. China, working with wineries to select all the wines for the menu to pair best with the food. She says they serve a lot of white wine because of the flavor elements of Chinese food. Many dishes are spicy, so she is always on the lookout for white wines that are balanced with a touch sweetness. She loves certain rieslings from Washington and Germany for this. "Asian food has a lot of ingredients," advises Nu-Beer, "When picking a wine for a dish, it's not just about meat and fish, but including sauce as well when you think about wine pairing. It's a major component."

It's not always easy. Nu-Beer says the challenge is that many guests don't think Chinese food should pair with wine. "I bring them tastes of different things to get them interested," she says. Nu-beer helps train the staff as well, helping them to understand the differences between wines and how they best pair with the food on the menu. She attributes her ability and growth in the industry to her time with the wine school. "If people want to do what I'm doing, I definitely recommend they take a program at San Francisco Wine School," she advises.

Nu-Beer recently passed her Certified Sommelier exam, and also has Somm Essentials, Certified Specialist of Wine, Advanced Tasting and French Wine Scholar under her belt!

In her spare time, Nu-Beer consults with Thai restaurants to help them select the right wines to pair best with their food. She aspires to become a Wine Director in the near future and she plans to continue her wine studies with San Francisco Wine School to get there. 

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