Bao La

VietHarvest Cookoff 2023

I have joined the first-ever CEO CookOff Vietnam to raise funds for VietHarvest to Nourish Our Community in Vietnam. I will be cooking alongside 10 of Australia and Vietnam's top chefs and other business leaders. We will be serving up meals to charity and social impact leaders and packaging up meals for those in need.

VietHarvest was established on 5 June 2020 however Covid delayed its official launch until June 2022. Currently operating in Hanoi and expanding to Ho Chi Minh City, VietHarvest collects quality surplus food from commercial food businesses and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities that help feed underserved communities and individuals. 

With your generous support, we can make a big difference and help to protect people and the planet.

The CEO CookOff brings together 50 Business leaders and top chefs to raise funds for this critical organisation. 

Bao La is a second-generation Vietnamese Australian chef, born and raised in Brisbane.  When his career appetite shifted from finance to food, he traded the office for the kitchen.  Pursing one’s passion isn’t exactly encouraged within the Asian culture, but with supportive parents who ran their own successful restaurant for 25 years, Bao knew that being a chef was his calling and has never looked back. 

Working at his parent’s restaurant allowed him to master cooking with the wok.  He then further developed his culinary skills at Ms.G’s and Mr Wong under prominent Australian chefs Dan Hong and Jowett Yu with the Merivale Group.  He was then poached by Jowett and Black Sheep Restaurants to take on the role of Sous Chef at Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong.  Within 2 years he spearheaded the first Saigonese grill house Le Garcon Saigon in Hong Kong and then following the restaurant’s success, he opened banh mi stall Le Petit Saigon.  

Throughout his cooking career, Bao has done pop ups internationally from Asia to Europe, including New York, Paris, Shanghai, Vietnam, as well as Brisbane’s own Howard Smith Wharves. 

His latest gig as resident chef at Que by Kaarem and at Madam Kew in Ho Chi Minh City respectively has granted him the opportunity and autonomy to introduce a fresh take on Vietnamese food to the booming food and wine scene in Vietnam. These achievements has cemented his mark and contribution to the evolution of Vietnamese cuisine globally.

Bao now spends most of his time living between Australia and Vietnam.  This enables him to keep connected to his family and heritage. It is no surprise that his cooking style is influenced by this multicultural upbringing. Bao believes that food connects people with the land and to each other, and after spending many months travelling the countryside of France, China and Vietnam working on farms with the locals, he has adopted a sustainability approach to cooking.

Currently Bao is consulting on new exciting projects.  In the meantime, you can catch him on Instagram @bao_la experimenting with recipes, gardening and sharing his knowledge to broaden his follower’s understanding of Vietnamese food. 

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Wow! Thanks for delivering so much goodness!

$10,000 raised –Your stellar efforts are recognised! Thank you!

Target Increased

Thank you to my Sponsors


K Tonthat


Djung La


Thuy Nhy Dinh


Billy Chan

What a great cause, well done Bao!


Louise Tran

Bao, thanks for being a legend.


William Lowe

Well done Bao. Great cause, keep up the awesome work! Add Oil!!

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