10 Asian Celebrity Chefs
We Love Nowby Tommy Chan
The culinary world may as well be one of the Seven Wonders when you consider the amount of attention and praise the various celebrity chefs receive. The following chefs hail from all over Asia and have an amazing talent that has skyrocketed them into the spotlight.
Chan Yan-Tak– As the first Chinese chef to earn three Michelin stars, Chan Yan-Tak should be a household name. He began working in kitchens as a young teen, but not for the love of food. He never had the desire to become a chef, but worked solely to make money. However, as he grew older, he continued to work in a number of restaurants throughout Hong Kong and soon found that his abilities were better than he would have expected. Chef Tak is now the executive chef at Lung King Heen, which translates to “View of the Dragon”, a Cantonese restaurant at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong. This talented chef says his great accomplishments in the kitchen come from plenty of hands on experience and a major love for food!
Ming Tsai – Known for his “east meets west” type of cooking, Chef Tsai has become a world renowned chef all over the world. Many of his accomplishments can be seen on the small screen. Tsai hosts the cooking show Ming’s Quest on Fine Living Network and Simply Ming on American Public Television. You may have also seen him on Iron Chef. He is also the owner of the Blue Dragon, an Asian Gastropub in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. If you’re looking for a neighborhood tapas style restaurant then Blue Dragon should be your first choice. Although he was born in America, it is easy to see his Chinese roots in much of his cooking. Chef Tsai is no stranger to awards having won the coveted James Beard Award, as well as a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Service Show Host.
Roy Yamaguchi – Japanese American Chef Roy Yamaguchi has become famous for his Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Yamaguchi knew he always wanted to be a chef. After moving to America he attended the culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. After graduating, he then moved to Hawaii where he began the road to culinary masterpiece. He is Hawaii’s first ever recipient of the James Beard Award and is the owner of Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine in La Jolla, California.
Masaharu Morimoto– Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Chef Morimoto is known for his Japanese fusion cuisine. At a young age, much of his culinary training was in sushi, but he names Western style food as his influence. His rise to fame happened in 1999 when he became a legend on Iron Chef. Not only is Chef Morimoto’s food delicious, he also has a unique way of presenting it. Aside from being an Iron Chef, Morimoto is the owner of Morimoto in Philadelphia, PA, New York City and Boca Raton, FL. As well as Wasabi in Mumbai and New Delhi and Bisutoro in New York’s TriBeCa.
Hung Huynh– Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and educated at the Culinary Institute of America, it is no wonder Chef Huynh made a name for himself at such a young age. Vietnamese-American and as the winner of third season of Top Chef on Bravo TV, Huynh and his family moved to America when he was just a boy. He worked in his immigrant parent’s Vietnamese restaurant where he honed his cooking skills. He is now Executive Chef at the restaurants Catch and The General in NYC, as well as Catch Miami in South Florida.
Cathlyn Choi– Know as the “Korean Food Ambassador” by her fans, Choi has become one of the most popular Korean chefs in the world. Born in Vietnam to Korean parents, her family then moved back to Korea and lived in both Seoul and Brunei. When she was 13, she helped her parents with their catering business in Brunei. This is where she learned to make traditional Korean recipes from both her mother and her grandmother. As she grew older, she began adding “fusion” into her recipes and has become known as a food artist to many of her followers. She is now the host of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen on PBS.
Sherson Lian– Chef Lian is a Malaysian chef who has made it on various television shows on the Asian Food Network. He began his career as a trainee in various kitchens of the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpar. After spending time in the back of the house, he became a manager of Paradise Café and then owner of Paradise Corner. After three successful years, he sold Paradise Corner and moved to Malacca. You can now see him on the popular 5 Rencah 5 Rasa on the Asian Food Network. Keep an eye out for Chef Lian, he is certainly going places.
Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa– Born in Saitama, Japan, and owner of 18 restaurants named after himself located all over the world. He has made the name “Nobu” synonymous with greatness. His culinary style can be summarized as Japanese and South American fusion. As a young man in Japan, he worked at a famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo. While working there, he was invited by a Peruvian entrepreneur to open a Japanese restaurant in Peru. This is where his famous taste was born. He later moved to the States and opened NOBU in TriBeCa, NYC. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Ching-He Huang – The Taiwanese born British food writer is known for her simple, yet fresh recipes. Her influence comes from growing up around her grandparents’ farming community in the countryside of Taiwan. This is where she learned about using fresh ingredients. Due to her family’s relocation to South America, she was fortunate enough to learn about other flavors that she may not have tasted in Taiwan. Finally, moving to London, England, Ching has used her experience of living all over the world to showcase her expertise in the culinary world. You can see Ching today as the face of Restaurant Redemption, Chinese Food Made Easy and Easy Chinese: San Francisco on The Cooking Channel.
Martin Yan– Chinese born, Hong-Kong-American young Martin Yan had cooking in his blood. With a restaurateur father and a grocer mother, there was no chance for him not to make it in this field. While in college in Hong Kong, Yan began working at his uncle’s Chinese restaurant and learning about traditional Chinese barbeque. After graduating with a degree in food science, he moved to Canada where he appeared on a Chinese cooking show in Calgary. Yan has been seen on a variety of cooking shows, such as Yan Can Cook, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking, Martin Yan’s Hong Kong and Martin Yan- Quick & Easy.