Chef Hung Huynh of Catch and The General may be most known for winning Season 3 of Top Chef and for the clubby, star-studded clientele at his restaurants. But he's all about the food, and continues to turn out full-flavored dishes that speak to his Vietnamese and Chinese background. We caught up with Chef Huynh at The General for a few nibbles of some of his favorites, and a chat on pulling everything together in New York City.
Brazillian pastry chef Thiago Silva has a lot going on—running the kitchens at The General and Catch, making enormous, complicated celebration cakes for celebrities, and ensuring that his new grows up with a broader palate than his mother's. We chatted with Silva about how a Brazilian chef crafts Asian desserts, what kind of music he plays in his kitchens, and if the inside of those fancy cakes is worth the eating.
Chef Hung Huynh helms two rather different restaurants: Catch and The General. The former is a contemporary American seafood restaurant; the latter a pan-Asian affair serving upmarket versions of popular dishes from across the continent. The steaks he serves at each are reflective of the inspirations and styles of the different restaurants with only USDA Prime beef to go with the rest of the upmarket offerings.