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Bobby Chinn

London, England


Born in New Zealand to a Chinese father and Egyptian mother, Bobby Chinn has lived a cultured life. Bobby completed his education in England and received a BA in Finance and Economics. He then moved to the U.S. to begin his 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 switched over to the restaurant world and worked front of house at various restaurants in Los Angeles before moving to San Francisco and then to France to fulfill a kitchen apprenticeship for Hubert Keller's renowned ‘Fleur de Lys'.

After years of traveling around the world, Bobby made the move to Vietnam in 1996. In 1997, Bobby was part of the opening team of The Red Onion restaurant in the infamous Hanoi Towers and received international attention and attracted guests including Bill and Hillary Clinton. The success of this restaurant provided Bobby with the opportunity to set up on his own and in 2001 he opened ‘Restaurant Bobby Chinn' in Hanoi. In 2011, he opened his second restaurant in Vietnam, Bobby Chinn Saigon, which received great critical acclaim.

The buzz of London's international foodie scene finally drove Bobby back to the UK and in January 2014 Bobby opened his first London restaurant, The House of Ho on Old Compton Street, Soho. Bobby's enthusiasm for cooking is huge, and his energy and passion are infectious as he cooks and entertains. More recently Bobby has appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and was appointed the Vietnam Tourism Ambassador in Europe in 2014.

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