Ming Tsai - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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Ming Tsai

Blue Dragon - Boston, MA

Ming Tsai is the James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef/owner of Blue Dragon in Massachusetts. An Emmy Award-winner, Ming hosts PBS-TV’s Simply Ming, now in its sixteenth season. Ming is the author of five cookbooks—Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen. Ming supports many charities, including Family Reach, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide financial relief and support to families fighting cancer, of which he is currently the President of the National Advisory Board.



 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHEF?
I became a chef because I realized I could make people happy through food. When I was ten, my parents had friends over one night and I decided to make fried rice for everyone. I immediately saw how happy it made everyone and sealed the deal.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COOKING IN THREE WORDS?
East meets west.

WHAT’S THE BEST HONOR YOU’VE RECEIVED AS A CHEF?
The best honors were both Chef of the Year by Esquire 1998 because it was my first major accolade and winning the James Beard Award-Best Chef Northeast because it’s voted by your peers.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MEAL AFTER A BUSY DAY?
I’ve always said the best food in the world is someone else’s. It could be fried pork chops, a big bowl of ramen or even something as simple as a bowl of cereal.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE KITCHEN?
Besides traveling the world and eating great food with my family — which is by far my favorite — locally, I love golfing, playing squash, taking classes at Soul Cycle, practicing bikhram yoga, and of course, eating at all my chef friend’s restaurants.

WHAT THE ONE LOCAL INGREDIENT YOU’RE EXCITED TO COOK WITH DURING HFWF19?
I love all the farm-raised seafood. I’ve cooked with the lobsters, baby abalone and kampachi. I’m looking forward to hopefully cooking with another farm-raised seafood this year!

WHAT KEEPS YOU RETURNING BACK TO THE ISLANDS?
Hawai’i is one of the most magical places in the world. The actual physical location, the people, the amazing produce and seafood and, as a super bonus, some of the most important people in the world — my mom and dad — are there.

IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
Pro golfer!