Bobby Chinn - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Bobby Chinn

London, England

Born in New Zealand to a Chinese father and Egyptian mother, Bobby Chinn has lived a cultured life. He completed his education in England and received a BA in finance and economics. He then moved to the US to begin a career in finance on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Quickly disillusioned, he left in search of something else and discovered his love and talent for cooking. He worked the front of house at restaurants in Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco to fulfill a kitchen apprenticeship at Hubert Keller’s renowned Fleur de Lys.

After years of traveling the world, Chinn made the move to Vietnam in 1996. In 1997, he was part of the opening team of The Red Onion restaurant in the infamous Hanoi Towers and received international attention, attracting luminaries such as guests Bill and Hillary Clinton. Chinn struck out on his own to open Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi in 2001. His second restaurant in Vietnam, Bobby Chinn Saigon, followed a decade later to great acclaim.

Attracted by the buzz of London’s international food scene, Chinn opened The House of Ho in Soho in 2014. With an infectious energy and passion for food, Chinn has appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and was appointed the Vietnam Tourism Ambassador in Europe in 2014.