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Chinn up, Bobby! May 7, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Malaysia, People, Places.

You may have heard of Anthony Bourdain, Jaimie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone, and Ramsey. Yes, they all have something in common – they are all chefs.

And then there is Bobby Chinn. Bobby who? You may wont to ask. Yes, it’s this relatively unknown in this part of the world Chinn. He’s an exotic mixture of two bloodlines – Egyptian and Chinese.

On the Egyptian side, his lineage is illustrious. His dad side is way on the social ladder. He has worked in Wall Street and was told by his father (I think) to head towards Vietnam if he wants any credible future as a chef for himself.

So like an obedient son, he headed East to Vietnam. Eight years later, he’s a staunch supporter of Viet cuisine. In the process, he earned his spurs as a foreigner who knows his way about his own kitchen.

Recently, Bobby visited Kuala Lumpur to promote his book, The Wild, Wild East. It is not a bad read. In fact, if you really want to get to know Mr Chinn, this is THE book. In it, he talks about almost anything about cook and how he first started.

It is not your usual cook book. This one is more personal and has plenty of wonderful snippets to hold your interest. Bobby could have been anything he wanted but he chose cooking. It is Wall Street’s loss and foodies’ gain.


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