As Executive Chef of three award-winning restaurants – Ms.G’s, El Loco and Mr Wong – Dan Hong has cemented himself as one of Sydney’s most creative and fastest rising chefs. Dan’s career began in his family’s Sydney-based Vietnamese restaurant chain, Thanh Binh. Honing his craft at Longrain, Pello and Marque, three of Sydney’s most celebrated establishments, Dan subsequently took the position of Chef de Partie at the legendary Tetsuya’s in 2005.
After a time spent in New York, Dan returned to Sydney and took on the position of Head Chef at Merivale’s Lotus restaurant, infusing the menu with his beautifully fresh Asian flavour combinations. In 2010, he was given a chance to fully draw upon his heritage as Joint Head Chef of Potts Point hotspot Ms Gs, before his third Merivale venture, Mexican cantina El Loco, saw him explore new ground.
In August 2012, Dan took on his greatest challenge to date, opening a huge 240 seat Cantonese style restaurant, Mr Wong in Sydney’s CBD. In 2014, Mr Wong received Awards for Best New Restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards, the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards and the Time Out Sydney Food Awards. In late 2014, Dan also released his first book Mr Hong through Murdoch Books. it’s an exploration of his colourful path through life as it is a beautifully illustrated book of 100 recipes – Vietnamese, Chinese and Mexican.
In 2016, Dan was the host of ABC iView series Shelfie. The series followed Dan as he ventured inside the kitchens of everyday Australian’s. Throughout the series Dan’s mission was to cook a delicious, conventional meal using only the contents on the homeowner’s shelves together with 2 key ingredients Dan brought with him.
Dan was most recently seen in the second series of SBS’s The Chefs Line.