“What Bobby doesn’t know about Southeast Asian food is not worth knowing” – Anthony Bourdain
Bobby received a BA in Finance and Economics in England, moved to New York City and began working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at 11 Wall Street. Quickly disillusioned, he left in search of something, anything, that he loved. He tried a bit of everything – from attempting to sell seafood to the mob, to stand-up comedy – and along the way, he also discovered his love and talent for cooking.
These days Bobby Chinn is a hugely popular culinary figure throughout Asia, both for his two highly-regarded restaurants in Vietnam, and for the award-winning TV series, World Café, which he has hosted on Discovery TLC for the past six years.
Bobby is one of the more colourful global chefs. His restaurants – Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (since 2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon (since 2011) – have been compared to Rick’s Café of Casablanca. He lives most of the year in Vietnam and travels throughout Asia, cooking food that has been described by the Asian Wall Street Journal as ‘The best Californian cuisine outside of California’.
In Vietnam, Bobby’s food mixes French technique, Californian sensibility, a pinch of Middle Eastern spices and a touch of South East Asia’s flavours. He often breaks the rules in the kitchen and embarks on a cross-culinary adventure, but he never forsakes taste for invention.
In late autumn 2013, Bobby will launch a new restaurant, The House of Ho, in the heart of Soho, London. The 90-seat site will be fun, informal, sexy and moderately priced, showcasing a resolutely Vietnamese menu and some dishes with a ‘Bobby twist’.