Chef of Chef Works – John Nguyen

Chef John Nguyen Intro

John Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam.  His family immigrated to the United States when he was 4 years old and he spent most of his childhood years growing up in Orange County, California, which is home to the largest Vietnamese Community outside of Vietnam.

John opened up Hanoi House in New York City  where he won many accolades such as; Eater NY Chef of the Year 2017, Best New Restaurant 2017, as well as Best Vietnamese Restaurant. He also received the privilege to cook at the James Beard House.

After years of the New York City  experience, John moved to Hong Kong to work for Black Sheep Group (Chom Chom restaurant) for 1.5 years.  Working there afforded him the time to travel back to different parts of Vietnam every single month to hone his crafts and skills.

Finally, he accepted a position with the Nha Trang/BEP pioneers to open up the modern Vietnamese restaurant Xuan. It’s only been 3 months since opening, but it has already been recognized by industry followers in Hong Kong and the world.

Chef John just got nominated for Chef of the Year by Hong Kong Living and hings are definitely looking brighter for the future.

Your restaurant/business?
Xuan, Wanchai Hong Kong

 

Describe your kitchen?
Very spacious and amazing team of Vietnamese & Nepalese

 

Favorite Chef  Works item and why?
My Chef Coat, it is so light and airy. I haven’t wore a chef coat for over 5 yrs. until I try on yours

 

First job?
Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

Your favorite cookbook?
French Laundry, Eleven Madison Park

 

Your Awards
Chef of the year by Eater 2017, nominated for Chef Of The Year By Hong Kong Living 2020. Best new restaurant 2017 Eater, Grubstreet, Infatuation. Best Vietnamese Restaurant 2017 Grubstreet, New Yorker

 

Your cooking inspiration?
Grandma, mom

 

Your speciality dish?
Pho- Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

 

Favorite dish to eat?
Any types of noodle soup dishes & dumplings

 

Weirdest thing you ever ate?
Ants, fish sperms, blood…I eat everything

 

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Pistachio

 

Favorite drink?
Old fashion

 

Favorite wine (be specific)?
Anything Reds but especially Cabs

 

Who would you most like to cook for?
I love cooking for Chefs

 

Who would you least like to cook for?
Myself

 

Favorite things to do when not cooking?
Drinking, traveling, having fun

 

Your latest project?
Presenting my real dinner menu at Xuan

 

Favorite city and why?
NYC, multi culture foods experience plus the energy & drive of the people

 

Your greatest indulgence?
Eat & drinking

 

Your all-time best culinary tip?
Going with my old boss (blacksheep) to Saigon, eating and drinking all day long

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