Born in Vietnam, Duc grew up in Texas. He cooked and surfed his way around the world, from the beaches of Mexico and Central America to Australia and New Zealand. Somewhere along the way he worked as a sushi chef at an Austrian alpine ski resort before spending time in a Tokyo diner, where he wasn’t a sushi chef.
All Duc’s food memories and hospitality with heart are fused into the menus and experiences at the Mango restaurants.
“I traveled with a little stove, pocket knife, tent. The first thing I did when I got to a place was scout out the food. You meet local people that way, finding food… bartering off the road or in the local markets.”