Lucas Sin, Chef of Nice Day (www.eatniceday.com) and junzi kitchen (www.junzi.kitchen), opened his first restaurant when he was 16 in an abandoned newspaper factory in his hometown of Hong Kong. Despite spending his Yale undergraduate years in the Cognitive Science and English departments, Lucas spent his weekends running restaurants out of his dorm, known as Y Pop-up. Prior to joining junzi’s founding team and opening junzi kitchen and Nice Day, Lucas cooked at Modernist Cuisine in Seattle, Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto, and Michelin-starred kitchens in Hong Kong and New York. Lucas has been named to the Star Chef Rising Stars Innovation Award, Eater Young Guns, and Forbes 30 under 30. Beyond junzi and Nice Day’s daily menu, Lucas curates a collaborative tasting menu exploring the narrative of Chinese culinary history in relation to other cultures of the world, which became Distance Dining during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Eric Sze, Lucas is also one proud half of the introverted Asian culinary collective, Shy Boyz Club.
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