"Food Network Star" Season 9
Viet Pham, 34 (Salt Lake City), born in a refugee camp in Malaysia, began cooking for his brother after moving to California while his parents worked to provide for the family. The James Beard Award semi-finalist graduated from the California Culinary Academy before working in restaurants in San Francisco and eventually opened his own restaurant in Salt Lake City. He is currently working on a new restaurant project - Fire and Water in Park City, Utah. Named one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs in 2011, Viet's international background impacted his culinary style, and his eclectic and global perspective shines in his dishes.