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Tu David Phu is an award winning chef and contestant on season 15 of the hit show Top Chef.  Chef Phu’s mission is to inspire others with his story of perseverance and to bring people together through his cooking.  Chef Tu David Phu joins Glenn and Vinh to discuss topics ranging from his love for Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) to how the contestants of season 15 were the most chill ever.


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Being a contestant on Top Chef has blessed him with many other opportunities

Vietnamese food has a very long history

He has been cooking for years, but still has not mastered some of the skills of his mother and aunties.

He is working currently with food robotics on a project caller “Creator” in San Francisco.

He has a strong desire to bring healthy organic foods at all price points to make it accessible to everyone.

What are the hosts and judges like on the show- they are all very helpful.

Much of the drama on the show is instigated through producers, or due to insecurity of the cast.

Pho ga- heritage chicken is his go to Vietnamese meal

He has a lot of favorite meals in Vietnamese cuisine.

As an immigrant, he experienced a lot of self-shame, but is glad to see people becoming proud of their heritage and culture.

How can you dress up Ramen? It doesn’t take much to fancy it up.

Quickfire challenges on Top Chef you see on the show are very real.

He found the outdoor cooking challenge to be especially unique.

Chef was appreciative of the opportunity to share his story on such a big platform.

He has a lot of familial and professional chefs that have influenced his career.

Current projects mostly focus producing food products. He may do some popup cooking experiences occasionally. He is also working on producing a project called “Earth’s Kitchen” for PBS.


Chef Tu David Phu  – https://cheftu.com/

Top Chef –  http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef

Beef Pho Recipe –  https://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2008/10/pho-beef-noodle-soup.html