Chef Hung Huynh, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was first introduced to the culinary craft at his family’s restaurant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, beginning his culinary training at age nine.
Unable to afford cooking school, Huynh took a job in Puerto Rico at a teppanyaki restaurant, entertaining customers with a phony Asian accent and dazzling knife skills. His performances ultimately paid off – his stint in Puerto Rico eventually funded his education at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA.)
After graduating from the CIA in 2002, Chef Huynh worked his way through many of Manhattan's top kitchens including that of Lespinasse and Per Se. In 2006, he moved toLas Vegas to work as Executive Sous Chef at the iconic eatery, Guy Savoy. In 2007, on a whim, Chef Huynh attended an open casting call for Season Three's "Top Chef" and was chosen to compete in Bravo TV's reality cooking show, ultimately gaining the title of Top Chef against 15 hand-selected culinary professionals from around the country.
Since winning the Top Chef title, Chef Huynh has traveled around the world, cultivating his knowledge of all different types of cuisines. He returned to New York to team up with EMM Group and helm CATCH’s kitchen, where these travels have influenced its globally-influenced seafood cuisine. Paired with the restaurant’s innovative model of dining, where food hits the table in a steady stream of sharable dishes, Huynh’s worldly style and technique have introduced CATCH as a unique culinary presence amongst New York City’s most established eateries.
In 2013, EMM Group opened CATCH Miami at the James Royal Palm Hotel and The General, a modern Asian restaurant located on Manhattan’s Bowery, where Huynh serves as the Executive Chef.
Chef Hung Huynh has been featured in publications around the country, includingFood & Wine,People,New York Magazine,New York Times,New York Post, In Touch andNew York Daily News. Huynh has made numerous television appearances including The Today Show and Fox & Friends.
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