Carina Tran

Managing Partner/Executive Chef

unnamedI am a life­ long learner. I believe that you never work a day in your life if you enjoy what you do. Running my own business and working along our team affords me the opportunity to continually grow and to learn from those around me. When my parents came to the U.S. under refugee status after the Vietnam War ended, they literally left all of their family, belongings and life behind. They worked extremely hard to build a dream business of their own in the United States while instilling the importance of education, hard work and dedication to their children. Opening Hue Restaurant has given me the opportunity to come full circle with my life.

My family was placed in a small town in southern Wisconsin. We were the only Vietnamese family in town and were not exposed to Vietnamese traditions or language. except in the home.

“This business has helped me embrace the beauty and uniqueness of our culture and I have gained a better understanding of my family, homeland and heritage. In return, we have made it our mission to share it with anyone willing to try a new cuisine and to learn a little about Vietnam.”

We named the restaurant Hue Restaurant in homage to my family. Once the royal capital of Vietnam, the rural countryside of Hue is where my family is rooted and where close family still resides today.

Carina (Cat) Tran has spent the past 6 years managing and effectively growing the business as a Managing Partner and Executive Chef. She directs a kitchen staff of 12 cooks and 3 auxiliary staff in the preparation methods and processes of Vietnamese Cuisine.

In her previous professional career, Cat was a Certified Meeting Professional and spent 12 years planning and executing large scale events, educational programs and incentive trips for Fortune 110 companies and non­profit organizations. She has worked at companies such as Humana Insurance, American Express, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Harley­ Davidson Motor Company.

IMG_0145Previous to planning events, she worked at the Tran Family business (Tung­Chau Oriental Market, Milwaukee, WI), and managed operations for the specialty oriental grocer until 1999. She gained valuable knowledge of oriental products and produce during this time as well as maintained consistent sales growth through the sale of the business.


Carina graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Environments, Textile and Design (focus Interior Design).