Vu comes from a family of foodies. He’s a great cook and has a wealth of knowledge of local ingredients — and the medicinal properties of local herbs, spices and vegetables.

He was born in post-war Vietnam in the central part of the country. When he was a small boy, his family moved to a village about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, where his parents set up a small restaurant which they still run today.

When Vu met Barbara he was working in the marketing department of a consumer finance company by day and eating street food and hanging out in hip hop bars at night. (He doesn’t need much sleep.)

Vu’s favourite food is still anything his mother cooks and his favourite beer is Saigon Red.