At the age of 23, Luke fulfilled his dream by opening his very own restaurant - Red Lantern, along with his partner Suzanna Boyd, sister Pauline Nguyen and Mark Jensen. In 2012, the team opened their second restaurant, Red Lantern on Riley & Red Lily Cocktail Bar.
In 2010 he partnered with Echo Entertainment group to create Fat Noodle- a contemporary casual dining restaurant.
Luke is the author of five bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, Secrets Of The Red Lantern, The Songs of Sapa, Indochine, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong and The Food Of Vietnam.
In 2011, Luke was inducted into Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald’s Food Hall of Fame for his cooking and travel programs, Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam & Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong which is televised in 150 countries. Luke Nguyen’s France airs in 2013.
He is judge and host for the first series of MasterChef Vietnam, 2013.
Luke has appeared in Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape, MasterChef Australia and Destination Flavour.