Chef Seng Luangrath was born in Laos and fled the country during the Vietnam War. During her stay at a Thailand refugee camp, Nakhon Phanom, Luangrath learned how to cook from her camp neighbors and elders. At the age of twelve, she was the eldest of five children and took on the role of caretaker to her four younger siblings in order to support her working mother.
In 2009, at the age of 40, Luangrath decided to go after her greatest passion, cooking. She took over Padaek and Bangkok Golden in 2010, and in 2014, she opened Thip Khao, a Lao restaurant in Columbia Heights and home of the Lao food movement. Thip Khao has been named one of the Top 50 New Restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine and a 2018 Bib Gourmand by Michelin.
Chef Luangrath has been featured on NBC Washington DC and was covered in many news articles, such as the Washington City Paper, Eater Magazine, and Washington Post.