Best New Restaurants of 2016 – #1 Foreign Concept

quoteDuncan and Wanda Ly are realizing their dream
in their exquisite new Alternate Asian restaurant. With executive chef Jinhee Lee and sous chef Michel Nop in the kitchen, Foreign Concept opened just two weeks ago with an incredibly high level of skill. The food is impeccable, the surroundings a melding of classic Asian and modern Calgary and the service is pleasant and professional.”

– John Gilchrist, Calgary Herald
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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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