In addition to our courses, we also publish mentor sessions that take you backstage with industry leaders. This week, we're thrilled to take you on a tour of Red Lantern with co-owner and managing director Pauline Nguyen.
Red Lantern is a highly lauded Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney that has been in operation for 15 years. Its three owners are all well known in their own right – Luke Nguyen, Pauline’s brother, has appeared on cooking shows such as MasterChef Australia and Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape. Chef Mark Jensen regularly appeared as a guest chef on Ready Steady Cook, while Pauline is an international speaker and bestselling author.
Together, the trio have built a successful, popular and sustainable restaurant that has won countless awards, including Australia’s Favourite Restaurant, and Best Asian Restaurant at the Restaurant and Catering Awards.
In her mentor session, Pauline talks about how the team have managed to achieve longevity in the highly competitive Sydney restaurant industry. She talks about the power of being resilient and facing challenges head-on, instead of being disheartened by failures.
She also shares the difficult Nguyen family story – how her parents fled communist Vietnam when she was just a child and resettled in Australia, instilling a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit in their children from an early age.
Watch the mentor session
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