SBS food series: Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 16th November 2010

SBS has announced a new series starring Luke Nguyen, acclaimed owner and chef of Sydney restaurant Red Lantern, which follows a culinary journey through the northern regions of Vietnam.

The series will begin airing on December 2nd, starting in imperial Hue. Travelling north toward Hanoi and Sapa, Luke explores nine regions of Northern Vietnam over ten half-hour episodes.

“The cuisine in the northern parts of Vietnam is more delicate, elegant and refined,” says Nguyen, “As I travelled from Hanoi to the northern mountains of Sapa, I felt like I was entering a whole new country.”

As he travels around the stunning landscape and chaotic towns, Luke takes the opportunity to cook for and with the locals, creating dishes that will inspire the home cook or anyone who wants to try this magnificent cuisine in an easy-to-follow style.

Nguyen was born in Thailand in 1978, shortly after his parents fled Vietnam as boat people. After spending some time in a Thai refugee camp, his family eventually settled in Sydney.

As well as running his restaurant, Red Lantern, Nguyen is the author of the bestselling book, Secrets of the Red Lantern & Songs of Sapa. In his spare time, Luke hosts 13-day culinary discovery trips to Vietnam.

In 2009, Luke Nguyen and Suzanna Boyd founded the little lantern foundation in Hoi An, which gives disadvantaged youths an opportunity to undertake a hospitality training program in little lantern’s operating hotel restaurant and bar.