Huynh Khanh Ly, French-Vietnamese chef

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Huynh Khanh Ly managed to impress the jury in the “MasterChef France 2015” competition. Photo: TV Star/CVN

Huynh Khanh Ly was born in France in 1991 to Vietnamese parents. Despite studying law and management, Khanh Ly has become one of the quintessence of French cuisine after winning the “MasterChef France 2015” competition. She then took up cooking and specialized training in catering and management at the Académie Paul Bocuse – a prestigious school in Lyon.

After the success in the competition, she released the cookbook with 45 recipes in 2016 I’m going to be a chef! to attract fans who share his passion for food. Thanks to this book, Huynh Khanh Ly has received a lot of love and support.

Vietnamese taste is popular in France

Being of Vietnamese descent, it is natural that Khanh Ly developed a special bond with Vietnamese food thanks to her mother’s dishes at family meals and that the young woman also inherited some of her culinary skills.

I grew up with Vietnamese food. My parents like to cook and opened a restaurant in France. They have always liked to cook with fresh ingredients, not frozen ingredients like the Europeans. From an early age I rolled my first spring rolls with my mother. I grew up with flavors of well-known Vietnamese dishes such as +pho+, +bun bo+, +banh cuôn+. It’s my culture. As for French dishes, I learned them while cooking with friends. The +pho+ is a specialty of Hanoi. My mother and sister like to eat it, but I prefer +banh cuôn+ and +bun bo+Khanh Ly shared with the newspaper VOV5

The young woman’s culinary journey seemed complicated and difficult to break. However, with her efforts and constant creativity, the young chef with a law degree has made many Vietnamese and people from all over the world discover her delicious cuisine.

Unexpected success

At the “MasterChef France 2015” Khanh Ly defeated many competing chefs with ease. In an article in the VOV5 newspaper she said: “In MasterChef I don’t really cook a Vietnamese dish because it’s a French cooking competition. However, I was inspired by Vietnamese food. I have made recipes that combine Vietnamese cooking techniques with those of French cuisine. In addition, I also used a lot of Vietnamese ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, pepper, cinnamon

Huynh Khanh Ly, winner of the MasterChef France 2015 competition.

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According to the young Frenchwoman of Vietnamese descent, the use of Vietnamese flavors in French dishes allowed her to create a unique characteristic and impress the jury. From the simplest and most original Vietnamese ingredients, and with the combination of the two cuisines of Asia – Europe, Vietnam – France, the audience and the jury could see the sophistication in the kitchen and the talent of the young woman.

After becoming the champion of “MasterChef France 2015”, Huynh Khanh Ly pursues several projects that were dear to her.

his first book I’m going to be a chef! focuses on using typical Vietnamese ingredients, proving that she is a lover of Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese ingredients and cooking style mixed with French cuisine, this is Khanh Ly’s way. The latter said that one day she will publish many books on cooking and that she wants readers to discover more about eating with good dishes.

Ambassador of Franco-Vietnamese Culture

As a person related to Vietnamese cuisine and always wanting to preserve and develop the national values ​​of the country’s specialties, the young chef constantly introduces Vietnamese dishes to the world and at the same time contributes to the promotion of tourism in Vietnam, by foreign tourists to enjoy Vietnamese flavors and get to know this beautiful country.

She first went to Vietnam in 2014 and returned in 2017 to participate in a number of activities, including the University of Languages ​​and International Studies (ULIS) under the National University of Hanoi, where she interacted with students from plan to study in France and have an interest in cooking. On the occasion of the event “Goût de France”, organized by the French Embassy in Hanoi, she was the chef who participated in the event.

Huynh Khanh Ly, representative of the younger generation, has brought success to her life. In addition, she is also a representative of French-speaking women, succeeding and contributing to the Franco-Vietnamese exchanges in the culinary arts.


Nguyen Van Anh/CVN

(Competition “Young Francophone Reporters 2021”)

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