Charles Phan is the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America and Executive Chef and Owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants.
Born in Da Lat, Vietnam in 1962, Phan was an architecture student at UC Berkeley (and a one-time software salesman) and opened opened his first restaurant, The Slanted Door, on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995. It was quickly recognized for its unique Vietnamese flavor. In 2004, Phan won the James Beard Foundation award for “Best Chef: California.” The Slanted Door was also nominated in the “Outstanding Restaurant” category in 2008 and 2013.
Charles launched his first cookbook “Vietnamese Home Cooking” in September 2012. The book won 2013 IACP Chefs and Restaurants cookbook award.