People

Chef Ha Nguyen 

Founder and Chef Instructor

Ha Nguyen is a passionate and talented chef, restaurateur and food consultant with an amazing ability to engage and motivate audience. Ha brings a wealth of international experience, with many years of French and Asian cooking. Chef Hà began his career in Hanoi local restaurants and the Hilton Opera Hotel before travel, study and work in Wellington, New Zealand – New Zealand Diploma in Cookery and Bachelor in Hospitality Management.Chef Hà has started with Intercontinental Hotel Wellington, working with Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk developing menu for Alkina Lodge along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, delivering nourishing and fresh menus to his clients.He is founder of Otao kitchen cooking classes and food events in Richmond and looks forward to sharing the wonderful experience of cooking with you and your teams and groups. Hà has always believed that cooking; eating and sharing should be an experience, not just a meal. He incorporates the look, the feel, the mind, the soul and the taste into his food.

Chef EJ Butler

Chef Instructor 

Chef EJ became our Otao kitchen guest favourite for her dumpling classes in the weekends while working on her diploma in training and assessment. Her past work includes Queen Victoria Market produce to hospitality venue. Her passion is to educating people to cook with healthy food options.

Chef Dylan Vickers 

Chef Instructor

Dylan’s love affair with cooking began as a kid in his grandmother’s kitchen. Slurping noodles and day dreaming about sushi and dumplings, his itching for good food thrust him into the restaurant industry straight out of highschool. He picked up a few tricks along the way working under the umbrella of David Chang at Momofuku Toronto, worked as Sous at acclaimed Skippa restaurant and has since spent his time working in various restaurants exploring the traditions of Japanese cookery. 
Dylan believes that food is togetherness. It is a force that establishes deep connections between people, places and the soil. Food creates links that span across time and cultures. Dylan believes the best kind of food is simultaneously nourishing for the body, spirit and the planet. 

 

 

Left to right Chef Ha Nguyen, Chef EJ & Chef Dylan