Four years ago, Dzung Duong and Nate Lewis — partners in business and life — went to Celebration Weekend at Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park. The celebrity chefs caught their eye, and they remember leaving the event thinking “that looks like fun — wish we could do something like that.”
Today that wish has become a reality for the Menlo Park couple. Honeysuckle, a You Tube channel featuring recipes and entertaining tips has amassed almost 40,000 followers. “They’re largely females who range in age from 13-35,” said Dzung. “I feel like I have a particular connection with these teenagers and young women. It brings me back to when I was growing up learning how to make French Vietnamese food.”
While Dzong’s interest is cooking and lifestyle, Nate comes to the new endeavor as a wedding videographer. “I studied architecture at Cal,” he said. “I ended up in the tech industry initially but enjoy the opportunity to do something more artistic.
The channel has a decided home economics tone, for those old enough to remember — and appreciate —-that course of study. “Our viewers wouldn’t know that term,” laughed Dzong. “But in many respects that is what we are teaching using a digital platforms. I think cooking skills are getting lost today. We offer mentoring so that aren’t.”
In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Honeysuckle’s video on potatoes gratin appears below.
Photo of Dzung Duong and Nate Lewis by Scott R. Kline