Tuesday 10 November 2020

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We're excited and honoured to welcome Thi Le, owner and head chef of Anchovy, into our team of Scarf Ambassadors. Thi is an important voice in shaping Australia’s cultural dining landscape. She's consistently championed the progression of South East Asian cuisine – especially Vietnamese – in our culinary psyche since opening Anchovy in 2015. Get to know her in this Q & A.

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Scarf: What (or who) inspired you to become a chef?

Thi: I decided to become a chef after I took a year gap whilst studying interior design. While travelling through Asia and Europe, I was intrigued by the ingredients I found at markets and how food can connect people on opposite sides of the world. I have always loved cooking for friends and family. I have always been fascinated by food culture and history. I just thought it was the right step coming back to Australia.

Why did you become a Scarf Ambassador?

I said yes to becoming a Scarf Ambassador because it is something I can relate to being from a refugee and migrant family myself. I think it is key to nurture and support talent and promote why the hospitality industry can be so rewarding. It is as good as any other career or even better.

What message do you have for young people who have come to Australia as a refugee or migrant?

My advice is to follow what is right for you, follow your dreams, aim high and put in the hard work. One day you will be rewarded, and it will be one of the most satisfying feelings.  


What's your greatest achievement to date?

My most significant achievement would have to be opening Anchovy with my partner. We opened Anchovy in 2015 independently on a shoestring budget. We have since received many accolades within the industry - something that we thought was not possible with a no-frills restaurant. I guess at the end of the day all that matters is good food, service & great company.

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Anchovy is currently running weekend lunches at Sutton Grange Winery (Bendigo) in November and December. Residents from metro Melbourne can book here

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Find out more about Thi in her Scarf Ambassador biography.