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Charles Phan

The Slanted Door - San Francisco, CA

Charles Phan is the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America and Executive Chef and Owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants.

Born in Da Lat, Vietnam, Phan and family relocated just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. They spent two years in Guam before settling in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Chinatown. A former architecture student at UC Berkeley (and a one-time software salesman), Phan opened his first restaurant, The Slanted Door, on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995.  It was quickly recognized for its unique Vietnamese flavor.  The restaurant relocated from its original space to its current location in the historic Ferry Building in 2004.  The restaurant recognized by James Beard Award Foundation as an Outstanding Restaurant in 2014. Phan’s other current restaurants are: Rice and Bones, Slanted Door San Ramon, and Hard Water.

Phan has been featured on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. In addition to his awards and accolades, he is a leader in San Francisco food community and has participated in countless charitable events including Share Our Strength, Project Open Hands, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, CUESA, Alex’s Lemonade, One Vietnam, 18 Reasons, Taste of the Nation.

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