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For Chef Anh Luu, Combining Cajun, Vietnamese Flavors Comes Naturally In Her Cuisine

Life Stories: Anh Luu 3:54

From her first restaurant job as a teenager in New Orleans to finishing second on Food Network's "Chopped," Anh Luu is no stranger to the heat of the kitchen.

"I love food and culinary arts because it can be interpreted differently by everyone, and everyone has different taste buds," Luu, executive chef at Tapalaya in Portland, Oregon, told NBC News.

The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Luu describes her style of cooking as "traditional Cajun/creole food utilizing Vietnamese ingredients." It's a blending of styles that she adds isn't exactly "fusion," but "more like a regional American cuisine."

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