Nite Yun



Nite Yun



Oakland, CA

Nite Yun was born in a refugee camp after her parents escaped war-torn Cambodia. Her family eventually moved to California, where she grew up listening to her father's Khmer rock n’ roll music and learned to cook traditional Cambodian dishes from her mother. Inspired by trips to

Cambodia to learn about her parents’ heritage, Nite dedicated herself to bringing the flavors of Cambodian food back to the Bay Area. Since opening Nyum Bai in 2018, she has been recognized as Times 100 Most Influential Person, Food and Wine Best New Chef 2019, and recipient of the Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts, 2019.  During her free time, she loves spending time with her french bulldog, Nola.

Awards & Accolades

  • Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts - 2019
  • The Michelin Guide San Francisco Bib Gourmand - 2019, 2021
  • Time Magazine Time 100 - 2019
  • Carnegie Corporation Great Immigrants Recipient - 2019

  • James Beard Awards Semifinalist, Best New Restaurant - 2019 

  • Food & Wine Best New Chefs - 2019

  • Bon Appetit America’s Best New Restaurants - 2018

  • Eater Young Guns - 2018 

  • Eater Breakout Star of the Year - 2018

  • Thrillist Best New Restaurant - 2018

  • San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 - 2019

  • San Francisco Chronicle, Our Favorite New Restaurants of the Year - 2018

  • San Francisco Chronicle’s 2018 Rising Star Chefs - 2018