When he was a younger boy in elementary college, Irvine resident Foo Nguyen knew there was one thing totally different in regards to the meals in his lunch field.“If you end up sitting at lunch and you’re having leftover Vietnam meals like crepes and so forth, and your folks have ham sandwiches and Twinkies, it’s a little daunting and barely embarrassing,” stated Nguyen. “So that you acknowledge it and acknowledge it immediately. There’s something totally different right here with our meals.”However as he acquired older, Nguyen got here to understand the love that was behind these lunches his mom packed.“It’s one thing that I cherish now,” stated Nguyen.On Friday, PBS’s “The Nice American Recipe” premieres, with Nguyen among the many 10 dwelling cooks competing within the eight-part sequence. Hosted by chef and “At present” contributor Alejandra Ramos, the present guarantees to current a mixture of cultures and traditions, discover the tales behind the dishes and be taught what actually makes us American.“Within the present, you see the affect of individuals’s culinary tradition and backgrounds being fused with conventional American delicacies or dishes, which is completely lovely,” Nguyen stated. “And also you be taught to understand extra of your tradition if you see that.”Nguyen, whose household immigrated to the U.S. after the autumn of Saigon, is certainly one of seven siblings. Whereas rising up in his huge household in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving to out within the kitchen was anticipated, and Sunday meals as a household had been a given.“Sundays after church, that was the place we might congregate collectively and Mother would have a meal. That was after we bonded, ” Nguyen stated. “There was a direct correlation to the emotional tie and bond that I’ve with meals being that centerpiece that’s drawing all of us collectively.”Though he considers his Vietnamese heritage his best culinary affect, Nguyen attracts cooking inspiration from a number of sources, typically incorporating Asian flavors into the consolation meals of the Midwest. A preview of the present mentions him including Japanese pickles to a Cincinnati cheese coney.“I simply invested in a smoker so I’m smoking ribs and infusing Vietnamese flavors in them,” Nguyen stated. “My spouse is Korean so lately I’ve been enjoying with Korean flavors too.” Foo Nguyen reveals off his backyard at his dwelling in Irvine.(Scott Smeltzer / Employees Photographer) Nguyen has an edible backyard at his Irvine dwelling, the place he grows Thai chili peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, serrano chilies, peas and two forms of mint he makes use of when cooking for his spouse and two daughters.Nguyen can also be a comic who skilled at Second Metropolis in Chicago and stated his humorousness helped him cope with the stress of competing on a cooking present.“Not everyone cooks with 10 HD cameras on you,” he laughs. “Comedy is a instrument that I discovered rising up as a result of I used to be the one minority rising up in class, and it has helped me. It helps me with communication, it helps me with public talking, it helps me break the ice. I feel it lends very nicely to this challenge.”Nguyen additionally credit the present with jumpstarting his culinary creativity. Foo Nguyen, a comic skilled at Second Metropolis in Chicago, yucks it up for the digicam at his dwelling in Irvine.(Scott Smeltzer / Employees Photographer) “I discovered an amazing quantity, from each facet,” Nguyen stated. “All the best way from the manufacturing, to studying about being on digicam all the way down to what I’m captivated with — the cooking.”Nguyen and his spouse are engaged on beginning a meal plan service referred to as Consolation Foo Dee.“That’s one thing that we’re about to roll out in a pair months,” stated Nguyen.He’s wanting ahead to making use of what he discovered on “The Nice American Recipe” to his dwelling cooking and his new enterprise.“American meals, to me, actually is a melting pot,” Nguyen stated.Assist our protection by turning into a digital subscriber.