Escoffier Graduate Elevates Vietnamese Meals by Opening Upscale Eatery


Quyen Trinh is a graduate of the Escoffier Diploma in Culinary Arts program on the Boulder Campus and proprietor of Anise-Fashionable Vietnamese Eatery. As Govt Chef she depends on her robust roots and formal culinary training to run her restaurant, deal with the wishes of native patrons and extra not too long ago alter to the brand new regular in a post-covid world.

Chef Quyen Trinh-Owner of Anise Modern Vietnamese Eatery

Why did you determine to go to culinary college?

Saigon is Vietnam’s largest metropolis. With a inhabitants of just about 9 million, Saigon just isn’t solely Vietnam’s monetary hub however can also be its cultural heart with arts, performs, music, and naturally culinary excellence. When migrants from throughout Vietnam moved to Saigon to search out higher financial alternatives, in addition they introduced their favourite meals with them. Over time, Saigon changed into the mecca of Vietnamese delicacies. As a local of Saigon, I received to pattern one of the best in Vietnamese fare proper exterior my doorways and purchased a love for superb Vietnamese eating. Rising up I used to be immersed in a multi-generational household concerned within the meals service enterprise. I helped in my household enterprise and naturally developed experience with Vietnamese delicacies. In America, I made a decision to formalize my love for superb eating by acquiring a culinary training.

What made you select Escoffier?

Earlier than deciding on a culinary college, I spent a number of time researching. I lastly picked Escoffier as a result of it’s extremely ranked; due to its arms on curriculum; as a result of I’ve a household and younger youngsters and it match effectively into my private schedule; and at last, as a result of its location in Boulder is inside commuting distance from my house.

What did you want finest about your time at Escoffier?

My favourite course at Escoffier needs to be the Farm to Desk® Expertise. I really feel it supplies the information that enables cooks to be extra imaginative and inventive. In reality, in hotter climate, Anise has a vegetable backyard on the again patio that we use in getting ready our menu. Inspiration derived from this course. I additionally actually loved all of the hands-on sensible lessons at Escoffier.

How do you suppose your training at Escoffier helped you together with your first skilled place and past?

“With the training I obtained from Escoffier, I turned much more assured and was snug throughout all of the interviews and in any industrial kitchen setting.”

My first place was with Cherry Hills Nation Membership. I began as Line Cook dinner and labored my approach as much as Household Meal, the place I turned the only real individual to create day by day meals for all the Nation Membership workforce. From there I moved on to Olive and Finch.There I began as a Baker and left as a Bakery Chef.


Together with her deep-rooted upbringing within the meals service trade, a proper, effectively rounded culinary training that included enterprise acumen {and professional} expertise, Chef Quyen launched into the journey of her desires and opened Anise Fashionable Vietnamese Eatery.

“Probably the most essential classes I discovered alongside the way in which was the best way to scale back waste within the creation of meals – to ensure all of the meals elements are transportable and can be utilized on a couple of dish.”

What area of interest(s) do you suppose you may have carved out with Anise?

Vietnamese Owned

Full Table Setting-Anise Modern Vietnamese EateryAnise is the one Vietnamese restaurant (Vietnamese owned and operated) in Denver that has a full bar with an in depth wine listing. We’ve got an extended beer listing that features 10 drafts; most from Colorado’s craft scene. At evening, our eating room is ready with linen towels and tablecloths, enhancing the superb eating expertise I’ve all the time envisioned. What we’ve got performed is elevated the Vietnamese eating expertise for these subtle weekend diners trying to take pleasure in a meal with their favourite dates.

Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes

Vietnamese meals is contemporary and wholesome, however most Vietnamese eating places in Colorado wouldn’t have respectable vegan choices. They have an inclination to solely have one or two token vegetarian dishes, or they scramble to place one thing collectively to please that one vegan in a bunch. At Anise, we take vegan/vegetarian choices severely. They’re a secure a part of our menu. And since it’s a set possibility on our menu, our vegan/vegetarian dishes are very constant. Right here, vegans and vegetarians can take pleasure in their favourite dishes by themselves or with their favourite omnivore associates with out having to sacrifice style.

Overcoming the Fast Repair

Although consuming Vietnamese is quick changing into one of many coolest and hippest tendencies in America, most individuals don’t go to Vietnamese eating places as a result of it’s enjoyable. Most individuals who crave Vietnamese meals deal with their repair and go away as quickly as their meals are performed. At Anise it’s completely different. As a full service restaurant, Anise is a enjoyable place to maintain your repair and have a good time doing it. In reality, we host many enjoyable occasions at Anise together with completely happy hours, company outings, company luncheons, birthday celebrations, date nights, and even blind and first dates.

Elevating the Vietnamese Expertise

Pho-Anise Modern Vietnamese EateryWhen it comes to Vietnamese meals, Colorado is dotted with pho eating places serving principally the identical dishes. Our aim is to introduce the American public to Vietnamese dishes apart from pho, that’s simply as (if no more) tasty. A few of these dishes are Bun Cha Hanoi, Cha Ca La Vong, and Banh Xeo.

Anise supplies a classy however genuine Vietnamese eating expertise that’s at present lacking in Colorado.

The place do you draw your inspiration from?

“Our prospects are our inspiration.”



Deluxe Banh Mi-Anise Modern Vietnamese EateryAnise’s friends are very numerous in age, revenue degree, and geographic space. Some like Anise as a result of we’ve got an unlimited alternative of grownup drinks, some like to hang around on our outside patio, others like the truth that they will take pleasure in genuine Vietnamese fare with out having to drive too far. But, others like Anise due to the extra subtle eating expertise. Nevertheless, nearly everybody loves Anise due to the wonderful meals and since Anise is enjoyable. Our personal spirits are lifted after we see patrons take pleasure in their food-and their experience-and we’re most completely happy after we see them return and turn out to be regulars.

Are there any tendencies you discover occurring within the trade?

Denver could be very fortunate to have a number of top quality eating places and many actually good Vietnamese eating places. New eating places will need to have high quality meals as a place to begin, however typically good meals alone just isn’t sufficient. Eating places will need to have extra inventive and imaginative menus. They should fill the void, that area of interest, that makes them stand out. Anise is a kind of new eating places.

What recommendation do you may have for present Escoffier college students?

Don’t decide a culinary profession simply as a method to earn money. The work is tough; the hours are lengthy; and newbie wages are low. You could actually love the culinary or pastry arts. It’s a must to need to make this a profession and it’s a must to have satisfaction in the whole lot you do; even once you first begin out. Put your coronary heart into the whole lot you do and it’ll present; and you may be profitable.

As eating places across the nation start to reopen with responses to a extra sanitized atmosphere within the wake of Coronavirus, Anise is following swimsuit. Learn how Chef Quyen is addressing the well being and security of her prospects and workers.

Anise Fashionable Vietnamese Eatery is positioned at 865 N. Lincoln Avenue, Denver, CO 80203                  303-830-3934   I   [email protected]


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