Freshmen from Dallas College’s culinary program are creating a storm on the national stage. 18-year-old Preston Nguyen won the 2021 World Food Championship title. His team included Sous-chef Peter and Emma Nguyen, who are also Preston’s parents.
“We love cooking together,” Preston said.
“Early, he was my little gourmet,” Peter said. “That is, he is an executive chef, his mom and I are his sous-chef.”
Cooking is done at the Nguyen family.
“We started this journey when we met at a cooking school 25 years ago,” Emma said. She was also a cooking student at the University of Dallas with her husband.
Peter Nguyen graduated from cooking school and went on to other business ventures, but this year he returned to school with his son Preston.
The Nguyen family competed with professional chefs for the World Food Championships. Some of them have been cooking longer than Preston is alive.
“There was a lot of stress, but it was just fun,” Preston said. “I knew there were a lot of celebrities like Stephen Kou. As far as I can remember, I was a little nervous because I was watching them on TV.”
I was so nervous that they didn’t expect to win until I heard the winner announced.
“It definitely took a second to notice that he said my name … a lot of excitement and joy came in a hurry,” Preston said. “It was a really humble experience. For example, I had a lot of opportunities to learn and just meeting all these great chefs made my dream come true.”
“It was really a Cinderella story for us,” Peter said.
“I think respecting each other and respecting each other will bring us that superpower,” Emma said.
“I think it’s love,” Peter added.
Food is Nguyen’s word of love.
“It connects people,” Preston said. “And who doesn’t love food?”
Preston, Peter and Emma Nguyen will be at the final table of the World Food Champion. They will play against the winners of the other nine World Food Champion categories.