All connoisseurs of food are familiar with the name of Ming Tsai. The moment one hears the name of East-West fusion food, one cannot help associating the cuisine with Ming Tsai. Ming Tsai is a celebrity chef and restauranteur. Also, he has a number of restaurants to his credit. In this context, we must know that all these restaurants focus on east-west fusion cuisine.
Before proceeding further, we must be aware of the fact that Ming was born on 29th March 1964, at Newport Beach, There, he grew up at Dayton, Ohio, and was a student of The Miami Valley School. Later on, he attended the Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and then proceeded to study engineering at Yale University, from where he had graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1986. Furthermore, in the year 1989, he had completed his Master’s degree in hotel administration and hospitality marketing from Cornell University. In his course of life, he has mastered the skill of speaking four languages- English, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Apart from this, he was also a renowned squash player. This was evident because, in the year 1986, he was named an All-Ivy League player. Also, he had played squash in number two position for the team at Yale University. Surprisingly, he had played squash professionally in the European circuit, while studying culinary skills in France.
In the meantime, Ming Tsai had his restaurant “Blue Ginger” inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012.
Ming Tsai Career Details
To begin with, he started his television career with the television show of Sarah Moulton named “Cooking Live”. In this show, he filled in for Sarah for a week.
After this, he hosted a show named “East meets West” on the channel Food Network between 1998 and 2003. Later, he had started his first restaurant named “Blue Ginger”, along with Polly Talbott, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In this context, we must keep in mind that This Asian fusion restaurant has been recognized by James Beard. Moreover, Ming Tsai was recognized as “Chef of the Year” by Esquire magazine.
After that, he won the “Daytime Emmy” award in 1999 as “Outstanding Service Show Host.” In addition, he was on the list of 50 most beautiful people covered in the People magazine.
This was followed by his stint as a judge in the show “Cooking under Fire” in 2005. Apart from this, he also hosted a television show named “Arthur”, about food allergies in the same year. Apart from this, he had attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
At present, he hosts a food show named “Simply Ming.” Furthermore, he wrote five cookbooks, the names of which are as follows:-
- Simply Ming in Your Kitchen
- Blue Ginger
- Simply Ming- one-pot meals
- Simply Ming- Ming’s Master Recipes
- Simply Ming
In the long run, he closed down the restaurant “Blue Ginger” after 19 years of business in June 2017, because he had shifted focus on a fast-casual, stir fry concept restaurant. Also, the lease of the former had ended. Following this, Ming Tsai opened the Blue Dragon in 2013, in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston.
Afterward, he was awarded the national spokesperson for the organization named Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network for advocating work in this organization.
Ming Tsai Parents, Wife And children
This famous personality had been born to an engineer named Stephen and an eventual restauranteur named Iris. Later, he had married Polly Talbott, the sister of David Talbott, his squash coach at Yale, in April 1996. Ming Tsai and Polly have two sons, Henry and David. It is well- known that Polly has another brother named Mark Talbott, who was a formerly Number 1 hardball squash player in the world. In this context, we must know that one of his son has a food allergy. As a result,
He has become a food allergy advocate, who promotes awareness about food allergens. At present, he has been promoted to the position of President of the National Advisory Board, for Family Reach, an organization that provides financial support to families battling cancer.
Ming Tsai Social Media Presence
Ming Tsai has a fan following on Instagram and his official website is also popular. To conclude, there is a program named “Finding Your Roots”, according to which, Ming Tsai is a 116th generation descendant of Qin Shi Huang.