When VnExpress asked her for an interview, Ola Nguyen said she would speak in her mother tongue. Her family had left Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam to settle in Poland when she was seven years old. Her claim to fame was winning the seventh season of Masterchef Poland. The 21-year-old Ola, real name Nguyen Hoang Minh Tam, had competed in the event during the summer break because she felt she could not find “anything appealing enough to do” unlike other years when she did part-time jobs or charity. But as a long-time fan of the reality show, she had always wanted to try. First she had had to ask SGH Warsaw School of Economics to permit her to take time off in mid-July to compete. Luckily, the school was not too strict. Ola and her parents. Photo courtesy of Ola Nguyen Acquainted with cooking since the age of 10, Tam says she felt quite “pressured” when her mother would say Asians believe girls must learn domestic skills to be able to marry. Her mother would also give her clear instructions about which foods go with which spices, but she has not always conformed to these rules. “I like to… Read full this story
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