The Good News: Flint Chef to Compete on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ [PHOTOS]
Tony Vu, owner and chef at MaMang in the Flint Farmer's Market, will compete on this Sunday's episode.
Vu, a Flint Powers Catholic and University of Michigan graduate, got an unexpected phone call from the Food Network, asking him if he'd be interested in competing on the show. Without a week's notice, he was flown out to San Francisco to film. The show will air this Sunday at 8 PM.
Tony spent his time after college working in video and audio production, as well as recording music. When he burnt out on that, he took a trip to Vietnam, his parents' homeland. He immediately took an interest in the cooking scene (his parents owned and operated the Golden Sea Horse Restaurant in Flint for a decade), and said that it was something he wanted to bring back here to Flint.
He owned and operated Wraps n Rolls, a food truck serving steamed rolls and Pho, for six months back in 2014. He then decided to travel back to Vietnam to study with a Vietnamese master chef. He opened MaMang at the Flint Farmers Market in 2015, and says that after chatting with the other chefs on the show, he is interested in opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant here in Flint.
If you haven't seen Guy's Grocery Games, we highly recommend it! We've been watching it for years. It takes place in a grocery store, where four chefs compete for $30,000. Can't wait to watch it! Congratulations, Tony! You're a great representation of our city!