Derrick and Quyen - ready for some good wine & delicious cheese

Hi! Welcome to Kitchen Runway. We’re Quyen and Derrick, a young married couple who like to entertain and share the simple pleasure of enjoying good food with good company. We are self taught cooks that enjoy trying new flavors and experiencing life by the food that we eat. At Kitchen Runway you’ll find simple recipes that look and taste delicious. We have put together some of our favorites meals and entertaining ideas that are easy enough to prepare on a busy and demanding schedule. We hope you enjoy Kitchen Runway and visit often! 
As you will probably see from the diverse recipe options, we have had quite different backgrounds both culturally and geographically leading up to us meeting one another in Southern California.  Derrick is half Chinese and half Japanese and was born and raised in the bay area before making his way down to San Diego for college.  During his stint in college at UCSD, he spent about 5 months living abroad in a small suburb (Totsuka) of Yokohama in Japan.  His love for fresh seasonal foods have stemmed from his Japanese roots and married together with how Chinese Food can be enjoyed “family style” in a way that brings so many people together.  Although Quyen was born in California, the majority of her childhood roots were established in the south (Smyrna, Georgia to be exact).  Being that she is three-quarters Vietnamese and one-quarter Chinese she has learned to mold the two cuisines together to the point that she would often think of them as one in the same.  The southern influences do shine through quite boldly at times, especially if you ask her about anything from Georgia and the south.  Our love for really fresh seasonal cuisine nudged us to spend our honeymoon enjoying one of our favorite cuisines while exploring the countrysides of Italy.  We not only enjoy pairing wines with our meals, but developed an affinity to some of those true difference makers in cuisine, such as olive oil that has been pressed the old-fashioned way from local olive growers in the Italian countryside or prosciutto that has been cured in the unmistakeable breezes of Parma or even the unbelievable depth of balsamic vinegar from Modena. 


  1. #1 Fan says:

    THAT’S AWESOME GUYS!!! Thanks for having us over for dinner. We finally had a chance to taste the wonderful food that we keep on salivating over when we’re at work surfing KitchenRunway.com. Keep it up and it’s gonna get expensive – we’re just gonna invite ourselves over on a weekly basis.

  2. kitchenrunway says:

    Glad you enjoyed the dinner and that you’re checking out the blog! Yay!! Come on over for dinner anytime! We love your company! Good food & friends – can’t ask for much more =)

  3. Miranda says:

    Love the site! Can you come back to the east coast to give me some culinary inspiration?!

  4. kitchenrunway says:

    Miranda – Thank you for stopping by! I would love to come back! Gotta love GA – fresh peaches and sweet tea – don’t need much more than that!! (Oh and Chickfila!) =)

  5. Cindy Lu says:

    Hey Quyen! Cool website. You’re full of talents. I found out about you via knot.com last night and we were admiring your invitation. (also sent you a msg via FB asking if you can tell us how to get a jpeg of the blue orchid). My fiance loves to cook and I own a chinese restaurant in ATL so when I saw you had a website link, we couldn’t resist to check it out. I’ll have to try your banana bread recipe; I make BB all the time.

  6. kitchenrunway says:

    Thanks Chaya for selecting my blog as your “Blog of the Week”. What a great compliment! So excited that you are enjoying the blog!! Thanks again!

  7. LadyAnn says:

    You’re awesome Quyen. This site is awesome…not that I’m surprised since it’s yours! 🙂 Hope to see you soon, hon.

  8. Joyce Andersson says:

    Hi Quyen! Guess what Cecilia and I made this morning? Those adorable marshmellow pops (Halloween theme of course). The shower decor turned out ADORABLE. I love your blogsite and can’t wait to make more things 🙂 Joyce

  9. kitchenrunway says:

    Hi Joyce! Thank you so much for visiting and I’m glad that you and Cecila had a great time making Halloween themed marshmallow pops!

  10. Kay Heritage says:

    Hi, Quyen, you have some scrumptious looking desserts & recipes! So glad to connect with you through TK. Look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. 🙂

  11. kitchenrunway says:

    Hi Kay!! Thank you! Looking forward to getting to you know you better through your blog too! Take care!

  12. Lauren R. says:

    I just read how you won the Panda Express challenge! Congrats. But what is even better than your cooking, your giant heart! Thank you so much for donating your winnings to Southern Cali Golden Retriever Rescue in honor of the Chinese New Year. If you think about it, golden retrievers and golden rabbits aren’t that much different! Best to you both in the new year.

  13. ManPans Cookware says:

    Hi Quyen and Derrick. We just ran across your blog. Nicely done website; we sure enjoyed looking over your recipes. That Asian shrimp and edamame salad sure looks good right now. YUM!

  14. kitchenrunway says:

    Lauren R: Thank you!! Dogs have such a special place in my heart (especially Golden Retrievers). I was happy to donate to such a wonderful cause and look forward to finding more ways Kitchen Runway can give back.

    ManPans Cookware: Thank you for visiting!! You’ll have to make the shrimp & edamame salad sometime then! You can definitely stir fry the shrimp in one of those handy pans! 🙂

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