Jennifer Nguyen

Born in Vietnam, trained on classical French techniques and seasoned in Tokyo, Pennsylvania-bred Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen directs Zentan's kitchen and menu development with a taste for multi-cultural flavor.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Zentan. Washington, DC. Executive Chef
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
sushi rolling
Accounting
BOH operations
Food styling
Food/menu costing
Ingredient sourcing
Inventory control
Kitchen management
Labor cost management
Leadership
P&L management
Menu development
Staff training
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Jennifer Nguyen
Jennifer Nguyen
Washington, DC
United States

Zentan
Executive Chef


Born in Vietnam, trained on classical French techniques and seasoned in Tokyo, Pennsylvania-bred Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen directs Zentan's kitchen and menu development with a taste for multi-cultural flavor. Foregoing life as a financial consultant to pursue a passion for cooking learned from church elders as a teenager, Nguyen worked her way up from operating phones to working the wok at a Chinese restaurant before learning classical French culinary techniques under the watch of Kamol Phutlek at a small Thai restaurant in Philadelphia. It wasn't long before she landed a gig as Sous Chef to Michael Schulson and Yan Huang at Stephen Starr's pan-Asian restaurant, Pod.  Promoted to Executive Sous Chef within the Starr family at the omakase-focused Morimoto, Nguyen went on to become well-versed in kushiyaki and sushi techniques at San Francisco's Ozumo, which allowed her to hone her skills while staging restaurants in Tokyo. Rounding out her breadth of experience, Nguyen learned to manage high-volume kitchens in Las Vegas at the Wynn's Red 8 Restaurant and at Thomas Keller's Bouchon before succumbing to her love of the East Coast and joining the Zentan team in April 2013.