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Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu Interviewed by LABA


Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu is interviewed by LABA host Jackie Lewis


Pasadena, California, USA. 30th October, 2023. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu was interviewed by Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA) host Jackie Lewis at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California. Also known as "Chef Tony," Mr. Hu was one of the first to bring Sichuan cuisine to the Midwest in 1998, and was instrumental in building Chicago’s Chinatown into what it is today. Originally from China, Mr. Hu graduated from The Culinary Institute of Sichuan in 1989, the first culinary institute in China. He later immigrated to the U.S. and established himself in Chicago, opening restaurants and promoting Chinese cuisine. Today, he has over 30 restaurants in Chicago and across other cities in the U.S.


Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu is interviewed by LABA host Jackie Lewis


Mr. Hu has received many awards and was recently honored with a LABA Icon Award at the 3rd Annual Icon Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. As a master chef and leader in the world of Chinese cuisine, Mr. Hu wants to bring Chinese and American cultures together for friendship and to enjoy authentic Chinese and Sichuan cuisine. He also gives back to his community by teaching Chinese cooking classes and providing outreach services to those in need.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu receives an appointment letter from LABA host Jackie Lewis to be the Executive Chief representative of the East Coast and Overseas for the 4th Annual LABA Icon Awards


After the interview, Chef Tony was given his appointment letter from LABA to be the Executive Chief representative of the East Coast and Overseas for the 4th Annual LABA Icon Awards by the LABA Icon Awards Committee. He looks forward to opening more restaurants in America, and one of his dreams is to bring together the worlds of art, culture, and authentic Chinese cuisine.


Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu visits neon artist Lisa Schulte at her studio


Chef Tony visited artist Lisa Schulte and LABA Board member at her studio. Schulte is an American artist, also known as "The Neon Queen." Schulte started bending neon in the early 1980s, creating custom neon signs and neon prop rentals to the entertainment industry at her Los Angeles-based neon studio, Nights of Neon. She is best known for her work in expressive neon sculpture, and her work is exhibited at galleries and museums internationally.

Neon artist Lisa Schulte and celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu with his LABA appointment letter


Celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu and neon artist Lisa Schulte at her studio


Jackie Lewis greeted celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Xiaojun Hu when he arrived at the Los Angeles airport on behalf of LABA








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