OUR TEAM

In January 2017, Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood became home to award-winning chef Duncan Ly and his vision for modern Pan-Asian cuisine, Foreign Concept. Here, the dishes take flavour profiles from Duncan’s Vietnamese roots, infused with inspiration from executive chef Jinhee Lee’s Korean background and their combined love for bold flavours, charm and whimsy.

 The duo’s commitment to sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients makes the dining experience at Foreign Concept a true fusion of their passion for scratch made food, traditional cooking techniques presented with modernity.

Chef DUNCAN LY

Chef Ly is one of Calgary’s most well-respected and award-winning chefs. Originally from Lethbridge, his career has taken him across Western Canada and found him working at some of the country’s most esteemed dining establishments including Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn, Vancouver’s Diva and Calgary’s Catch, Hotel Arts, Kensington Riverside Inn and as Culinary Director for The Vintage Group of restaurants.

During his career, Chef Ly has won numerous competitions including two second-place finishes in Gold Medal Plates Calgary, followed by a win in 2014. This top place finish gave him the chance to compete at the national Gold Medal Plates competition where he placed second. In earlier years, Chef Ly was awarded the prestigious Karl Schier award as Vancouver’s Top Apprentice and represent Canada at the Bocuse d’Or, one of the top international culinary competitions held in France.

Chef DUNCAN LY

CHEF JINHEE LEE

With fierce passion and a natural talent for cooking, Chef Jinhee Lee is a rising star in the Canadian culinary scene. Originally from South Korea, Jinhee first moved to Calgary with sights set on a corporate profession before enrolling in SAIT’s professional cooking program.

A young chef, Jinhee has impressed many with her inventive and refined approach to food, drawing from the cuisine of her heritage as well as other Asian influences.

Notable awards and distinctions:

2018 Top Chef Canada season 6 (finalist), Western Living Magazine – Foodies of the Year
2017 Garland Canada International Chef Challenge (winner)
2016 Gold Medal Plates (Gold), Avenue Magazine’s Top 5 people to watch
2015 Gold Medal Plates (Silver)
2013 Critic’s Choice – Calgary Cooks (Art Gallery of Calgary)
2012 Calgary Stampede Duelling Chefs competition (winner)

CHEF JINHEE LEE