Uno Immanivong is a first generation Asian American of Laotian descent. She was born in a Thai refugee camp where her parents dreamed of giving her a better life, that determination led them to America.
In America, she observed her parents working two and three jobs to make ends meet. Through her adolescence, her parents encouraged her get an education and a professional office job so she wouldn’t have the same struggles that they did. As a result, Uno pursued a 16-year banking career. Although she flourished in her craft, the dream of nourishing people with food inspired by her childhood always lingered.
By chance she auditioned for a reality cooking show with Anthony Bourdain and when he chose to mentor her it massively altered the course of her life. As ephemeral as that opportunity was, it broke through a belief system that empowered her to follow her heart and take a chance on life. In 2013, Uno left banking to pursue her passion for cooking and the journey created Chino Chinatown, Red Stix Asian Street Food, and Chef Uno Brands.
In 2018, she created Red Stix Asian Street Food with two permanent locations set to open by the end of 2019 along with Chef Uno Brands, a hospitality consulting firm.
In addition to her businesses, Uno has made numerous television appearances (ABC, EyeOpener TV, Fox, Cooking Channel) where she creates recipes and promotional cooking videos for an array of brands.