Townsquared Local Leaders

Mun Chan

Restaurant Owner


Mun is no stranger to the restaurant business. Moving to Australia as a young child, she received her first hands on experience as a line chef in the kitchen of her family’s Chinese restaurant. In her mid twenties she moved out of the kitchen to learn the business side of operations, co-founding a pan-Asian restaurant with her father and siblings. But in 1994 she decided to strike out on her own and moved to New York City to work in the fashion industry with DKNY.

A native of Hong Kong, she grew up surrounded by a uniquely Asian aesthetic that worked well in fashion. But soon after arriving in the United States Mun discovered that it was the values of raw dining that fit perfectly into her own esthetic philosophy.

With few culinary options for her new found lifestyle, Mun decided to take matters into her own hands. Putting her previous experience to work, she and her partner, Dan opened the gourmet raw food restaurant, Quintessence, in the East Village of Manhattan in November of 1999.

Mun manages and directs the day-to-day operations, manages the bookkeeping, and makes all purchasing decisions. And though her position keeps her out of the kitchen, her love of the business and passion for great tasting, healthy cuisine continues to inspire the gourmet dishes that make Quintessence such a success.”