Born to Egyptian and Chinese parents in New Zealand and raised across continents, Bobby cemented his future as a global citizen at an early age.
“I accidentally became a chef, but I was born as a traveler.”
Bobby’s culinary story began at the age of 10, as he began to explore Asian and North African recipes in his grandmothers’ kitchens. After years of traveling around the world, a career in finance on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and a stint as a stand-up comedian, Bobby returned to his love of cooking, opening his first restaurant in Vietnam. “I accidentally became a chef,” he says. “But I was born as a traveler.”
In seeking to discover authentic flavors across the world, Bobby is now a renowned master of modern, global cuisine. This, combined with his multicultural upbringing, influenced Bobby’s own culinary style of bridging east and west.
As Bobby journeys through back alleys and five-star restaurants absorbing stories and culinary secrets, the culture and history of a region is unlocked and comes vividly alive through cooking.
This journey is a lifetime education that will never stop.