Nite Yun: 2019 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts

The 2019 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts is awarded to Nite Yun for recovering Cambodian culinary traditions and introducing American audiences to Cambodian culture through its cuisine. Nite, born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents, is the chef and owner of Oakland’s Nyum Bai. The restaurant, an homage to her parents, quickly gained national renown within months of opening for its introduction of masterful, authentic Cambodian cuisine to the American culinary scene. Yun has received many honors, including being named the Eater 2018 Breakout Star of the Year; an Eater Young Gun; a San Francisco Chronicle Rising Chef; and having Nyum Bai listed as one of Bon Appetit’s “2018 Best New Restaurants.” The Creative Promise Prize includes a $50,000 unrestricted cash award. For more information about Nite and the Vilcek Prizes, visit http://www.vilcek.org.

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