A Tribute to The Culinary Pioneers
Who Shaped Vietnam’s Food and Drink Industry
Up till less than a decade ago, foreigners in Vietnam were not allowed to own private enterprises. This meant owning a restaurant or bar in Saigon was quite the feat which necessitated meandering through grey areas of government rules, regulation and red tape. While many laud the culinary achievements of Vietnam today (placing #39 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants as well as three bars included in the top 100 Asia’s 50 Best Bars list), many of them would not have been made possible without this acclaimed list of pioneering gentlemen who laid out the groundwork and set the standards for the food and drink industry.
By highlighting these gentlemen, I hope to not only recognise their achievements but also pay tribute to their contributions and milestones that inspired and motivated many restauranteurs, chefs, baristas, bartenders and even master distillers to where they are today. As we look forward and push ahead in our tireless pursuit of establishing Vietnam as a leading dining capital in Asia, let us not forget to look back and remember those who made it easier and possible. So, this article goes out to all the fathers and the gentlemen in this article who gave birth to a generation of up-and-coming culinarians and epicureans in Vietnam. Happy Fathers Day, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.