Chef Yia Vang
Chef Yia Vang was born in a Thai refugee camp and lived there until his family was able to resettle in Wisconsin. He trained as a chef and founded Union Hmong Kitchen, a restaurant in Minneapolis that brings Hmong cuisine and food traditions to the local community.
His many accolades include the cover story of the May 2020 issue of “Bon Appetit” magazine. Yia was also named MSP Magazine’s “Chef of the Year 2019″ and was recently voted “Best Chef 2020” in City Pages “Best-of” issue.
photo by Eliesa Johnson