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Renowned chef, author Xinh Dwelley dies at 72

Xinh Dwelley, a renowned chef who fused Vietnamese flavors with Pacific Northwest ingredients at her downtown Shelton restaurant, died on Friday. She was 72.

Born in 1951, Dwelley, a master oyster shucker who gave generously to the community, developed her culinary skills growing up in South Vietnam, where she learned to cook using food produced and harvested on her family's rice farm. She was hired to cook for officers in an American mess tent and soon was renowned for her fried chicken and hamburgers.

When she was 19, Dwelley married a U.S. soldier and moved to Olympia in 1970. She picked...

 

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