Bobby’s introduction to the restaurant industry began in San Francisco, where he trained under notable chefs including Hubert Keller, Elka Gilmore and Traci des Jardins.
After succumbing to a back injury, Bobby was deemed unable to work as a chef in the state of California. He then set out on his own with a move to Vietnam in 1996, where he spent twenty years learning recipes and techniques from the masters on the streets, who had perfected a single dish through several generations.
He opened two award-winning restaurants – Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh (2011) – featuring dishes with a “Bobby twist”, drawing on his classical French training and incorporating influences he has picked up in his myriad of travels.
Bobby closed both restaurants in 2014 when he relocated to London. He introduced the modern Vietnamese concept to the buzzing London restaurant scene with the launch of his restaurant House of Ho, which has since been bought by a group of private investors. Bobby is currently looking at sites for his next restaurant.