Wine and Food Festival, San Diego Bay, Chef Chareles Phan

Executive Chef/Founder
The Slanted Door

Charles Phan is the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America and Executive Chef and Owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants. Born in Da Lat, Vietnam, Charles Phan and family relocated just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. They spent two years in Guam before settling in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Chinatown. A former architecture student at UC Berkeley (and a one-time software salesman), Phan opened his first restaurant, The Slanted Door, on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995. It was quickly recognized for its unique Vietnamese flavor. The restaurant relocated from its original space to its current location in the historic Ferry Building in 2004. The restaurant recognized by James Beard Award Foundation as an Outstanding Restaurant in 2014. Phan’s current restaurants in San Francisco are: Out the Door, OTD, and Hard Water.

Charles has been featured on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. In addition to his awards and accolades, Phan is a leader in San Francisco food community and has participated in countless charitable events including Share Our Strength, Project Open Hands, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, CUESA, Alex’s Lemonade, One Vietnam, 18 Reasons, Taste of the Nation.

In 2004, Phan won the James Beard Foundation award for “Best Chef: California”. Charles wrote two cookbooks: “Vietnamese Home Cooking” and “The Slanted Door”. Both of which won IACP Cookbook awards in 2013 for Chefs and Restaurants; and in 2015 for Photography respectively.