August 29, 2013
How Iron Chef Explains Vietnam

Earlier this year, Nguyen Van Tu became one of Vietnam’s first Iron Chefs. But the chairman of the Hanoi Chefs Association, who has been cooking professionally for 18 years, is still not used to seeing his kitchen skills in the spotlight.
"Chefs used to be thought of as servants. Now we are celebrities," Tu told me in an interview. "Many people come up to me excited because they saw me on TV."
Sounding bemused, he added: “I am kind of famous now.”
Many Americans might still think of Vietnam as a low-income nation struggling to recover from the 1960s war. But the recent rise of cooking shows there reveals a more accurate picture of this rapidly growing — and Westernizing — country.
Read more. [Image: Iron Chef Vietnam]

How Iron Chef Explains Vietnam

Earlier this year, Nguyen Van Tu became one of Vietnam’s first Iron Chefs. But the chairman of the Hanoi Chefs Association, who has been cooking professionally for 18 years, is still not used to seeing his kitchen skills in the spotlight.

"Chefs used to be thought of as servants. Now we are celebrities," Tu told me in an interview. "Many people come up to me excited because they saw me on TV."

Sounding bemused, he added: “I am kind of famous now.”

Many Americans might still think of Vietnam as a low-income nation struggling to recover from the 1960s war. But the recent rise of cooking shows there reveals a more accurate picture of this rapidly growing — and Westernizing — country.

Read more. [Image: Iron Chef Vietnam]

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