Compelling Calgarians – Chef Jinhee Lee Named One of 20 to Watch in 2017

quoteAs a child, Jinhee Lee was the official taste tester for her
mom’s homemade kimchi. Little did she realize, food was her destiny.

In fact, Seoul-born Lee already had two careers behind her — as a chemist in Korea’s cosmetic industry and as an English teacher — before “goose bumps” popped up on her arm while visiting a SAIT cooking class.”

– Barb Livingstone for the Calgary Herald

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Favourite local chef Duncan Ly makes dream of Foreign Concept a reality

quoteAm I going to do this?” asks Duncan Ly of his plans to open an alternative Asian restaurant. “Am I going to leave a comfortable life to open my own restaurant?”

Since resigning his executive chef position at Hotel Arts — a place where they named a restaurant after him — over a year ago, Ly has been asking himself these questions and waking up frequently at 3 a.m. with his heart pounding.

But his answer is simple. “I have to. It’s my dream.”

– John Gilchrist, Calgary Herald

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Alternate Asian dining

Chef Duncan Ly joins Global Calgary to showcase a dish from one of Calgary’s most anticipated new restaurants, Foreign Concept, which opens Dec.15.

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Hippie, skateboarding, punk rocker brings ‘alternative’ to Foreign Concept

quote A self-described hippie, skateboarding, punk rocker, alternative kid from Lethbridge, Duncan Ly has become one of Calgary’s best known and well-respected chefs.” – Julie Van Rosendaal, CBC News

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Sneak Peek: Foreign Concept

quote All the fresh, bright flavours of classic Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese cuisine are there — galangal, coconut, sambal, soy, citrus, fresh herbs — but they’re layered in creative combinations and integrated with modernist techniques, meaning every bite of every dish tastes a tiny bit different.” – Jennifer Hamilton, Avenue Magazine

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