PENG S. LOOI


Asiatique and August Moon Chinese Bistro - Louisville, Kentucky


Chef Peng S. Looi's life is as eclectic as the dishes he serves. He was born and grew up in Ipoh, Malaysia before continuing his high school education in Manchester, England. In 1981, chef Looi came to the United States and earned his degree in civil engineering. He soon realized his heart was with cooking not engineering while doing his internship.

In 1987, Looi opened his first award-winning restaurant August Moon Chinese Bistro (www.augustmoonbistro.com) featuring contemporary Chinese cuisine with south east Asian influences reflecting his ethnic background. In 1994 came the upscale casual Asiatique Restaurant (www.asiatiquerestaurant.com) serving his own unique and artful interpretation of East - West Pacific Rim cuisine. Local and regional food critics have quoted Looi's work as 'works of edible art'.

Recognition came soon, with exceptional reviews from every Louisville area food writer and other national features in The Courier-Journal, Louisville Magazine, Leo Magazine, American Automobile Tour Guide, Mobil, Scene Magazine, Delta Airline, Southwest Airline, Air Canada and Vegetarian Times. Looi's works were also featured in Asian Restaurant News, Bon Appetit and Chef's Magazine.

His first establishment was awarded 'Best Oriental Restaurant' by Louisville Magazine. In addition, the restaurant received the Leo Magazine's 'Outstanding Chinese restaurant' award for multiple years. It recently won the 'Best Upscale Casual 2008' award by Prep Magazine.

Asiatique Restaurant was awarded 'Best Asian restaurant' by the Louisville Magazine and Leo Magazine. It has also won the Citysearch "Best Asian and Bon Appetit magazine's top 125 restaurants nationwide.

Chef Looi is also the founder/CEO of Asean Management Group, LLC. The group develops the culinary concept and manages locations under the name Asiatique Bistro and Lounge (www.asiatiquebistro.com), which serves healthy modern Asian cuisine. The first is in West Chester, OH and other locations to be developed are Bethesda, MD, Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA and Tampa, FL.

Chef Looi has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House four times and was a master chef at the World Gourmet Summit in Las Vegas 2006. In 2007, he was invited by the Professional Chefs Association of Malaysia and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, to judge at the prestigious Culinare Malaysia 2007, the biggest culinary competition in the South East Asian region. He is also invited for guest chef appearances nationally.

In March 2008, Chef Looi was honored with the Jefferson Evans "Chef of the Year" award.

Well known for his commitment to community and charitable causes, Looi is a willing and enthusiastic participant in the annual 'Taste of the Nation', which is a nationwide affair. In addition, he is a 'celebrity chef' participant of other fund-raisers like 'Dare to Care', 'The Healing Place', 'Juvenile Diabetics', 'Kentucky Harvest' and many others. Chef Looi has been the coordinating chef for the Crane House (an Asian Institute based in Louisville, Ky) annual biggest fundraiser, Asian All-Star dinner, for numerous years. He is also a culinary contributor to the Asian Restaurant News.

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