Hung Huynh (born January 25, 1978) is a Vietnamese-American chef, best known as the winner of the third season of Top Chef, a reality cooking competition series on Bravo. He was the Executive Chef at Catch, The General, and Catch Miami.
Early life and career
Born in Vietnam, Huynh was raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and began his culinary training as a young boy in his immigrant parents' Vietnamese restaurant. He is openly bisexual. He has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America; he cooked at restaurants including Per Se and Gilt in NYC, and at the time of season three Top Chef's airing, he was the executive sous chef at the Guy Savoy restaurant in Las Vegas.
Huynh also served as a guest judge in episode 12 of season four, and in the quickfire challenge of the eighth episode of season five of Top Chef. Huynh аppeared in September 2010 on the finale of season seven of Top Chef and assisted Angelo Sosa as his sous chef.
Huynh participated in the 2008 Bocuse d'Or USA culinary contest, competing to represent the U.S. in the 2009 international Bocuse d'Or. Although Huynh won the "Best Fish Award", the gold medal was awarded to Timothy Hollingsworth.
From the spring of 2008 through August 2009, Huynh was the guest executive chef at Solo restaurant in New York City. From August 2009 through late 2011, he was the executive chef of Ajna Bar (formerly Buddha Bar) in New York City.
Huynh has opened The General, Catch and also Catch Miami with the EMM Group. The General showcases modern Asian fare while Catch features mainly seafood. In February 2015, he cut ties with EMM, citing creative differences. After hosting a series of pop-up events in 2016 and consulting for various restaurants, in January 2018 Huynh took the position of chef de cuisine at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.
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