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About the show

Chef Luke Nguyen's passion for food leads him on a quest out of Asia to France, the culinary wonderland that helped shape the cuisine of Vietnam, his ancestral home, and the lives of so many in his family.

He begins his adventure in Paris to discover its residents' passion for culinary traditions. He visits Strasbourg, Marseille, Nice, and the Loire Valley. Then he stops in Lyon, considered the food capital of France, before ending his journey in the seaside town of Saint-Malo, where he catches giant crabs with a local fisherman and cooks scallops.

  • In Ep. 1, Luke creates a fusion steak tartare dish with Parisian butcher Yves-Marie.
  • In Ep. 2, the chef sets up a kitchen on a rooftop to cook pot-au-feu, the basis for Pho.
  • In Ep. 3, Luke visits a local family to learn how to make Fleischnacka, snails of meat.
  • In Ep. 4, he forages with Michelin-star chef Pierre Basso Moro and enjoys the famed Bresse chicken.
  • In Ep. 5, Luke makes a classic Salad Lyonnaise and explores Lyon’s famous silk tunnels.
  • In Ep. 6, the chef creates a fusion dish with Michelin-star chef Sébastien Richard, drawing on Mediterranean flavors.
  • In Ep. 7, Luke cooks a classic sardine dish.
  • In Ep. 8, he samples some of the freshest oysters in France and cooks local langoustine.
  • In Ep. 9, the chef cooks his fusion clam dish on a break-wall in the oyster island of Oleron.
  • In Ep. 10, Luke spends his last night in the Loire Valley cooking a rustic roast duck dish by an open fireplace.
  • Meet the Cast

    Luke Nguyen

    Host

    Luke Nguyen was born in 1978 in a refugee camp in Bangkok, Thailand, shortly after his parents fled Vietnam as refugees. A short time later, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, where they live today.

    Luke is the chef and owner of Sydney’s award-winning Vietnamese restaurants, Red Lantern and Red Lantern on Riley. He is the author of the bestselling books, Secrets of the Red Lantern, Songs of Sapa, Indochine and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong.

    When he’s not at the restaurant, Luke runs 19-day culinary discovery trips to Vietnam and Cambodia and hosts popular travel and cooking series Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong.

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