We had the good fortune of connecting with Viet Tran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Viet, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think pursuing or being passionate about creative work comes from each person’s individuality. I’m a chef who loves creativity. Each dish must be unique and change with the seasons. Therefore, the work requires creativity. I have not only transformed the presentation but also the new taste. Therefore, I am not only passionate about being a chef but also a foodie and bartender
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My job is a chef at the Herringbone La Jolla restaurant. I graduated with a culinary arts degree from San Diego Mesa College. Here, I can learn and freely create dishes thanks to teacher Tonya Whitfield’s support. The most difficult thing for me at that time was English, but I also got used to it to keep up. Even the graduation exam required only one dish to be cooked, and I personally made two. For me, food is also a language of communication. When I graduated from college, I started getting a job as a kitchen assistant, because the standard kitchen industry is experience. Kitchen assistant can be called a kitchen chore. I likes to know a lot, so despite the extreme, I still pursue. In my opinion, any job position is important, try to complete well and be good at the assigned work, the opportunity will come! If you have passion, you will never be discouraged. And I’ve gone through good restaurants like North Italia, LA Jolla Beach Tennis Club, Herringbone La Jolla, Panini Kabob Grill… Besides, my side job is a bartender. The first cocktail menu I completed for Ramen Rakiraki restaurant, and volunteered to complete the cookbook “Winning Recipe (by America’s finest atheles vs The Purple Project)”. Besides, I try to develop social networks on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube. My nickname is @vietfoodsd. The purpose is to share the passion of eating and drinking with everyone. Not only that, I also share recipes and kitchen experience. What I cherish is just hoping that Vietnamese food will reach out even further at famous restaurants
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In my opinion. My city is the best city for enjoying life. When my friends visit to San Diego, California, I will take them go to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument, Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Old Town State Historic Parl, La Jolla Cove… My favorite place to eat is on the Convoy street, Little Italia (Herringbone La Jolla, Marine Room, Juniper and Ivy, Ironside fish and oyster, Kettner Exchange, Animae, Fort Oak…)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My thanks always go to my parents. Perhaps, they are the ones who always support and support my passion. Coming from a Vietnamese cultural family. Most parents will ask their children to choose professions with social status such as doctors, engineers, or dentists… But my parents have always supported my choice of being a chef. Cooking isn’t just about enjoying it, it’s about expressing love for the person you love
Other: Tiktok: www.tiktok.com/@vietfoodsd
Viet Tran https://www.facebook.com/gaven.tran89