Bobby Chinn, international chef, television presenter, restaurateur and cookbook author, was recently awarded an Honorary Degree by Richmond, The American International University in London, having made the graduation speech at the University’s graduation ceremony at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square in central London.
Bobby Chinn graduated from Richmond in 1986 with a BA in Business Administration and Economics.
Born to Egyptian and Chinese parents in New Zealand and raised across continents, Bobby cemented his future as a global citizen at an early age.
Bobby’s culinary story began at the age of 10, as he began to explore Asian and North African recipes in his grandmothers’ kitchens. After graduating from Richmond, he started out working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and also did a stint as a stand-up comedian but quickly realised that his ambitions were to lead him elsewhere.
Bobby returned to his love of cooking, opening his first restaurant in Vietnam. “I accidentally became a chef,” he says. “But I was born as a traveller.”
He is a popular culinary figure throughout Asia, both for his two highly regarded restaurants in Vietnam in Hanoi and Saigon, and for the award-winning TV series World Café. He lives most of the year in Vietnam and travels throughout Asia, cooking food that has been described by the Asian Wall Street Journal as, ‘The best Californian cuisine outside of California’. In 2013, Bobby founded a new Vietnamese restaurant, The House of Ho, in Soho, London. Since 2016 he has featured as a judge on MBC’s ‘Top Chef Middle East’.
Professor Lawrence Abeln, President of Richmond, The American International University in London, said, “We’re incredibly grateful to Bobby for providing the commencement speech at our graduation ceremony and I’m delighted to have been able to award him with an Honorary Degree on behalf of the University. Many of our graduates and their friends and families who attended the ceremony commented on how inspirational his speech was for them, providing a lasting memory of their graduation day.”
“Bobby’s achievements in the culinary world are truly remarkable and a great testimony to his strength of character. We’re very proud that Richmond could play a part in his lifetime, Bobby is an outstanding representative for everything that is best about Richmond.