Southern Tastemaker

Chef Sophina Uong and her MOdern Southern Fare, Live Fire Cooking, and Global BBQ

The Experience we Create Together:

My culinary story embodies a rebel spirit of collaborative cooking tradition, innovation, refined finesse to demystify the heaviness of the Southern plate with detailed planning, personal service and eco-conscious sourcing. I am always inspired by the seasonal bounty of Northern California and craft each menu with vitality to make the meal lighter, yet with savory deep South flavors. Let's create something festive together, extraordinary and out of the ordinary for your guests to remember. 

Accolades + Charitable Chef Events:

Food Network Chopped Grill Masters Napa, Grand Champion, 2016

San Francisco American Lamb Jamb Best in Show, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Cochon Heritage Fire Napa, 2015, 2016

Cochon Heritage BBQ, San Francisco, 2015, 2016

Cochon 555, San Francisco 2014, 2015

Meals On Wheels, Oakland 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Girls Inc Taste Gala, Oakland, Chef Chair, 2014, 2015, 2016

Make a WIsh Foundation, San Francisco, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

A party without cake is really just a meeting.


CONTACT CHEF Sophina:, 510.816.6197 or use our REQUEST A CHEF FORM



When I was 8 years old I would begrudgingly help out at my mom's Southern California doughnut shop scooping ice cream, glazing hot apple fritters, rolling and frying Cambodian style eggrolls and obsessively playing Ms. Pac-Man when it was slow and my mom wasn't watching me like a hawk. I swore then I'd never be in the food business, I wanted to sleep in!

Now, 35 years later, I travel to the South 3 times a year because I simply love to eat and am continually educating my palate with the best Southern recipes and BBQ tips I can find to feed my adventurous guests back in the SF Bay Area. I can't get enough Gumbo, Pirloo, Carolina BBQ, Jambalaya, Ettouffee or my friend Big Lou's mouth watering Backbone Stew. I can't wait to share these recipes with you!

CUlINary Styles:

  • Southern

  • Deep South Vegetarian

  • Modern American Comfort

  • Lowcountry

  • Memphis BBQ

  • Texas BBQ

  • Carolina BBQ

  • South East Asian BBQ

  • Japanese Yakitori

  • Argentinian Live Fire

  • Whole Animal Cooking

  • Pig Pickin'

  • Seafood Boils


"if Anthony Bourdain and Sarah Silverman had a love child, it would be me."

I've spent 20 plus years honing my culinary and hospitality skills as executive chef, bartender, dishwasher, server, and event planner in some of the best SF Bay Area food establishments-Restaurant Lulu, Absinthe, Citizen Cake, Betty Zlatchin Catering, Calavera, Antica Trattoria, Waterbar, Pican, Revival Bar + Kitchen.


Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

Jack London Farmer's Market

Happy Acre Farm

Terra Firma Farm

Happy Boy Produce

Devil's Gulch Ranch

Oakland's Cream Co Meats

True Grass Farm

Hodo Soy Tofu

Blue Egg Farm




"If you're afraid of butter, use cream." Julia Child


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