At the age of 23, Luke fulfilled his dream by opening his very own restaurant – Red Lantern, with his sister Pauline Nguyen and Mark Jensen. In 2012, the team opened their second restaurant, Red Lantern on Riley & Red Lily Cocktail Bar. Luke is the author of four bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, secrets of the red lantern, the Songs of Sapa, Indochine & Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong. Luke was recently inducted into the Sydney Morning Herald’s Food Hall of Fame for his cooking and travel programs, Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam & Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong which is televised in 150 countries. He is judge and host for the first series of MasterChef Vietnam, 2013.