Meet the Head Chef of Long Chim – Welly Yuan
My culinary approach celebrates the accessibility and authenticity of street food.
Head Chef – Long Chim Perth
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and how/why you became a chef?
In 2009, I embarked on a culinary journey that took me from China to Australia. I had the privilege of being a vital member of the opening team for the esteemed Long Chim Melbourne, contributing my expertise to create a remarkable dining experience. My culinary background is deeply rooted in Asian flavors and techniques. I have honed my skills through diverse experiences, including working at prominent Asian venues such as Red Spice Road, Long Chim Melbourne, and Hawker Hall, all under the esteemed Lucas Group. These opportunities have allowed me to immerse myself in the rich tapestry of Asian cuisine, refining my abilities and cultivating a profound appreciation for the art of cooking.
Tell us a bit about the style of food you create and your inspirations.
My culinary approach celebrates the accessibility and authenticity of street food while elevating it to a refined dining experience. I believe that great food should not only be a feast for the taste buds but also a sensorial exploration, immersing guests in a world of bold flavors, textures, and aromas. In essence, my cooking is a culinary bridge that connects the vibrancy of Thai street food with the comfort and ambiance of a restaurant, offering a unique and unforgettable gastronomic journey.
Tell us about anything special or innovations you’ve done recently.
I took a well-deserved two-week holiday to spend quality time with my family and unwind.
What challenges do you see for the industry in the future?
In envisioning the future of the food industry, a crucial aspect that demands our attention is the meticulous training and development of new culinary talents. Ensuring that aspiring cooks are equipped with not only comprehensive knowledge but also a strong foundation in common sense within the food industry will be pivotal for its growth and success.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning their hospitality journey?
Embracing the basics may not always be the most thrilling journey, but its significance cannot be understated. Just as a strong foundation is the bedrock of a towering structure, mastering the fundamentals is the cornerstone of becoming an exceptional cook, and ultimately, a skilled chef.
Embrace the journey, for every slice, dice, and sauté is a step toward becoming a skilled cook, and eventually, a maestro of the culinary world.
Tell us about some of your career highlights/achievements.
2021-2023 top 10 restaurant WA,
2023 AGFG award one hat restaurant WA
2023 AGFG readers’ choice winner
What are some of your goals for the future?
Introducing a broader range of Asian cuisine to Australia would undoubtedly enrich the culinary landscape and offer a delightful tapestry of flavors and experiences. The infusion of diverse Asian dishes would not only tantalize taste buds but also celebrate the cultural diversity that defines Australia.