With an endless series of accomplishments under his belt, Vietnamese Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has made quite the name for himself over his culinary career. At only 23, Luke realised his dreams by opening his first restaurant, the critically acclaimed Red Lantern in 2012, which was followed closely by his second venture on Riley Street, Darlinghurst. Luke is also the man behind the much-loved Fat Noodle, an Asian noodle bar concept at The Star in Pyrmont Sydney as well as in Brisbane.
While cooking is his passion, so is his love for imparting culinary wisdom. Luke is the author of not one, but seven best-selling and award-winning cookbooks of which include Secrets of the Red Lantern, The Songs of Sapa, Indochine, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong, Food of Vietnam, Luke’s Food of France and Street Food Asia. Recently, Luke was inducted into the Food Hall of Fame for his popular cooking and travel programs televised in over 150 countries, including Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong, Luke Nguyen’s France and Luke Nguyen’s UK. He is also the host of Masterchef Vietnam series 1 and 2, and has even made special appearances in Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape and Masterchef Australia.
In addition, Luke is the Ambassador for award-winning travel group APT, hosting culinary discovery trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Japan. As the official Food Ambassador for ETIHAD Airways, he crafts the airline’s First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class menus. Luke’s entrepreneurial streak gave way to the launch of GRAIN Cooking Studio, Saigon in March 2015, which offers hands-on cooking classes where guests can experience a culinary and cultural journey through Vietnam.