Nini Nguyen is a New Orleans based chef, instructor, recipe developer and recent contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars. A New Orleans native, Chef Nini combines her Vietnamese heritage with Creole influences in her cuisine.
Early in her career, Chef Nini started as a pastry cook at restaurants like Coquette and Eleven Madison Park in New Orleans and NYC respectively. She later moved into savory cooking with the touring pop-up Dinner Lab. She also has a knack for teaching and mentoring others in the kitchen. She expressed this passion through her work at Cook Space, a recreational cooking school in Brooklyn where she developed their culinary instruction program.
As a naturally curious person, Chef Nini’s favorite pastime is roaming through markets in different cities, tasting, smelling and squeezing all the fruits and vegetables she can get her hands on. Since being on Top Chef, Chef Nini Nguyen has kept herself busy by developing recipes, consulting on restaurants, hosting virtual cooking classes and hanging with her dog, Tofu.