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Hometown: Long Beach, CA
As a self-taught home cook, food has always been at the center of Phan’s life. Her parents were Vietnamese refugees and her mother was always cooking large Vietnamese meals for their equally large family. As a young adult, Phan became a self-proclaimed “food nerd” and visited as many restaurants and cities as she could. It opened up her eyes to all sorts of different cuisines, and she became obsessed with cooking. She cooks with an understanding of the history of her dishes, the purpose of the ingredients, and the evolution through generations.
If Phan wins America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation, she will be finally able to pivot from the fashion industry to the food world full time, perhaps melding different types of cuisine that are found in her Southern California neighborhood into one concept or pop-up shop. Phan would use her winnings to start a local pop-up supper club, much like the one where she became inspired to dive into the culinary world. Full circle.