Chef Peng S. Looi’s life is as eclectic as the dishes he serves. He was born and grew up in Ipoh, Malaysia before continuing his high school education in Manchester, England. In 1981,
Chef Looi came to the United States and earned his degree in civil engineering. He soon realized his heart was with cooking not engineering while doing his internship.
In 1987, Looi opened his first award-winning restaurant August Moon Chinese Bistro featuring contemporary Chinese cuisine with South East Asian influences reflecting his ethnic background. In 1994 came the upscale casual Asiatique Restaurant, serving his own unique and artful interpretation of East-West Pacific Rim cuisine. Local and regional food critics have quoted Looi’s work as ‘works of edible art’.
Recognition came soon, with exceptional reviews from every Louisville area food writer and other national features in The Courier-Journal, Louisville Magazine, Leo Magazine, American Automobile Tour Guide, Mobil, Scene Magazine, Delta Airline, Southwest Airline, Air Canada and Vegetarian Times. Looi’s works were also featured in Asian Restaurant News, Bon Appetit, and Chef’s Magazine.