Hung Huynh ’02, Chef and Winner Top Chef
The winner of Food Network’s third season of Top Chef, Hung Huynh is the executive chef for EMM Group’s restaurants Catch and The General located in Manhattan and Catch Miami.
Born in Vietnam and raised in Pittsfield, MA, Huynh was immersed in cooking from a young age at his immigrant parent’s Vietnamese restaurant. A 2002 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America trained in classic French and Asian cuisine, Huynh believes in cooking from the soul. He especially loves seafood because he says there are a million varieties and flavors to combine.
In 2008, Huynh was the guest executive chef at Solo restaurant and, in 2009, became the executive chef at Ajna Bar, both located in New York City.
While filming Top Chef, he was the executive sous chef at one of the most expensive restaurants in Las Vegas, Guy Savoy. Huynh returned to Top Chef as a judge on episode 12 of season four and on the quickfire challenge on episode eight of season five. He also appeared on the finale of season seven in 2010 as the sous chef assisting fellow alumnus Angelo Sosa.
Huynh has traveled the world over learning different types of cuisines and speaks four languages. He incorporates Asian, French, and Spanish influences in his cooking. If he were a food, Huynh says, “I would be spicy chili—it takes a while to get used to, but once you eat it you always come back for more.”