How to Use Kitchen Knife
Do you grip a knife like a baseball bat or gingerly like it is fragile? Do your tomato wedges fall apart in seedy clumps? Recent Top Chef winner Hung Huynh visited with Grub Street at Dani to demonstrate his famous knife skills. Definitely try this at home.
Hung Huynh is a Vietnamese-American chef, and in 2007 was the winner of the third season of Top Chef, the reality cooking competition show on Bravo.
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 has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, 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 on episode 12 of season four, and on the quickfire challenge of episode 8 of season five, of Top 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.
Since the spring of 2008, he has been the guest executive chef at Solo restaurant in New York City. Huynh has stated he intends to open a small Mediterranean-Asian seafood restaurant in Manhattan. As of August 2009, Hung is currently cooking at Buddha Bar NY (which now operating without a name due to a feud with the owner of the Buddha Bar franchise).
As a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Top Chef winner Hung Huynh learned to cook with the Chinese trinity—GGS, or ginger, garlic and scallions. He uses all three to flavor his earthy, mushroom-and-bacon-studded clay pot rice.