from dream to table
Since his early days of washing dishes at an Italian restaurant in Greensboro, Marshall Thompson knew that food was his passion. Today, as the head chef and owner of Donabe Asian Kitchen, that calling has become a dream realized; one that he continues to share with the local people and visitors of Taos, NM.
Marshall’s culinary education began back in Rhode Island working his way up the ranks to a couple of internships, studying under many chefs including Julia Child and Ming Tsai. Thompson attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales, and has been cooking professionally for over 26 years – from Rhode Island to London, New York to Colorado, and a few more spots in between.
Oddly perhaps, it was a mixture of both his passion for cooking and that for snowboarding that brought Marshall to the Southwest. Looking for a place where he could enjoy doing both, he found a balance in 2004 in Taos.
Moving in, he began to notice that his new home was missing a certain culinary… flavor. One that he’d come to deeply appreciate years before at a Thai restaurant in London. When the opportunity for a noodle cart became available, Marshall seized the chance and the Great Noodles food cart became a reality.
The aptly named food cart located downtown in the John Dunn Shops was wildly popular, allowing Marshall to experiment with recipes and create dishes that he still serves to this day. For 10 years, he served up his own brand of inspired Asian-fusion cuisine. When opportunity knocked again, it came in the form of a restaurant space inside the Manby Hacienda – smack in the center of the revered Taos art scene. Marshall felt it was time to level up and leave the noodle cart behind… and so Donabe was born.
donabe asian kitchen is a dream long in the making; its manifestation as delicious as it is creative. do yourself a favor and swing by the old manby house at 133 paseo del pueblo norte in taos– ask for the pork tonkutzu ramen and whatever Saké is on the menu.