Asian Mint’s Chef Nikky Phinyawatana is highly committed to giving back to the community. She generously gives where she can. Still, we can say that The Hockaday School holds a special place in her heart. No surprises there, really—after all, Chef Nikky is a Hockaday alumna.
So when The Hockaday School invited her to be the keynote speaker to its very first Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Reception, she accepted in a heartbeat.
Hockaday’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Reception celebrates culture and identity
The Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Reception honors Hockaday senior students who are Asian or of Asian descent. It’s meant to celebrate their unique culture and identity as Asians. It also affirms their belonging to the school’s greater community.
The now-annual reception is the brainchild of senior student Emily Ma and Form III Dean Jessica Chu. It’s one of the three heritage receptions that the school holds for its seniors. The first and oldest is the African-American senior reception, established 15 years ago. The other one is the Latinx/Hispanic senior reception, which started in 2018.
Chef Nikky has given back to Hockaday in the past
Chef Nikky truly feels honored to participate as the keynote speaker in the first-ever Asian and Pacific Islander senior reception. She always welcomes the opportunity to share her learnings and experiences as a Hockaday student and in the real world.
This isn’t the first time Chef Nikky has devoted her time to the school. In 2015, she contributed an article to the Hockaday magazine. In 2017, she joined the panel in the school’s Hats Off to the HAARTS event, which focused on alumnae in the culinary arts that year.
To quote Chef Nikky in her 2015 magazine article: “I am who I am today because of my parents and their strategic decision to send me to Hockaday for a better education.” She describes her Hockaday days as an amazing experience.