Nite Yun Wins a Saucy Award

She was named Rising Star Chef of the Year.


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At least one East Bayite is among the winners of this year's Saucy Awards.

Announced during a gala ceremony this week by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, each winner was summoned to the stage at San Francisco's historic Herbst Theater and given a specially engraved Williams Sonoma Professional Chefs copper saucepan.

These winners included Nite Yun, owner-chef of Fruitvale's Nyum Bai restaurant. She was named Rising Star Chef of the Year. 

She prevailed over four San Francisco-based contestants in that category: Mel Lopez and Joyce Conway of Pearl 6101, Heena Patel of Besharam, and Jason Raffin of the Comstock Saloon.

The competition's Community Spirit Award went to 4505 Burgers & BBQ — which is currently in the process of opening a location in Oakland's Laurel District — for its philanthropic Feed The Pig program, in which the restaurant partners with six local nonprofits every year to improve communities through actions involving children, families, and food. 

Founded in 2016 to recognize the Bay Area's restaurant and bar community, the Saucy Awards benefit the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship & Education Foundation, which advances the hospitality industry by giving scholarships to promising students.

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