FC Included in WestJet Magazine’s 10 Canadian Multicultural Dining Experience

quoteChef Duncan Ly’s stylish Pan-Asian restaurant

incorporates flavours and techniques
from several Asian cuisines to create a true sense of fusion.”
– Elizabeth Chorney Booth, WestJet Magazine

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quoteCanada is home to plenty of culinary talent,
but these three emerging chefs are the ones to watch as they chart the country’s foodie future. 

Chef Jinhee Lee grew up in Korea and moved to Calgary to become an accountant.

She didn’t tell her parents she’d made the switch to the culinary arts program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology until she’d graduated and worked her way up to be executive chef at Raw Bar in the Hotel Arts.

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– Julie Van Rosendaal, The Globe and Mail

Chef Jinhee Lee Takes First Place at National Culinary Competition

quoteCalgary chef Jinhee Lee was crowned the culinary queen Saturday after claiming gold at this year’s Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna.

The executive chef at Calgary’s newest pan-Asian restaurant, Foreign Concept, Lee took along restaurant owner Duncan Ly as her sous chef for the competition. Not only was Lee the first Calgary chef to win the culinary battle since 2006, she is also the second woman ever to take first place.

– Anna Brooks, Calgary Herald
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Great Spaces: Past Meets Present at Foreign Concept

quoteAly Velji designed restaurant Foreign Concept with a nod to the past. 

Foreign Concept may have just opened this past December, but the restaurant feels steeped in history. Fitting, given that the menu by chef and owner Duncan Ly takes its cues from a specific time and place: colonial Vietnam.
– Gabrielle Lakusta, Western Living Magazine

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Foreign Concept Featured in Western Living as “Design Crush”

quoteWhen celebrated chef Duncan Ly decided to open a restaurant in Calgary, he went straight to YYC local (and 2016 Designers of the Year finalist) Alykhan Velji, principal and senior designer of Alykhan Velji Designs.

Ly wanted his restaurant, Foreign Concept, to look like it had been there forever: he wanted “to create a dining experience that was casual and comfortable, but refined,” say Velji, who brought the vision to life by combining modern colonial influences with Asian accents.

Gabriella Lakusta for Western Living Magazine
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