Having travelled extensively through Vietnam, cooking in the ad hoc manner of the street vendors and exploring the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine. As well as travelling through Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta taking in each and every cuisine along the way.
He is the owner of Red Lantern restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney and Vietnam House restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City and is the author of a number of cookbooks.
He is also the man behind the restaurant Fat Noodle situated in the Star Casino Sydney and Treasury Casino in Brisbane.
In 2009, Luke Nguyen and his then-partner, Suzanna Boyd founded the Little Lantern Foundation in Hoi An, which gives disadvantaged youths an opportunity to undertake a hospitality training program in Little Lantern’s operating hotel – restaurant and bar.