An American restaurateur, television personality and celebrity chef of fusion cuisine Ming Tsai was born on 29th March 1964 in Newport Beach, California. Currently, he hosts Ming’s Quest which is a cooking show that is featured in the Fine Living Network and Simply Ming on American Public Television. Tsai was grown up in Dayton, Ohio. There, he attended The Miami Valley School.
As a child, he often helped his parents Stephen and Iris with their family restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen. He then heads east to attend school at Phillips Academy Andover. He then went on to join Yale University from where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also received a master’s degree in hotel administration and hospitality marketing from Cornell University. After that, Tsai attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
At the beginning of his television career, he started on chef Sara Moulton’s cooking show while she had him fill in for one week for her. He then started his own show named East Meets West. On the show, he presented a blend of Asian-European fusion cuisine. Tsai along with his wife, opened his first restaurant in 1998 and named it Blue Ginger which is in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Ming participated in a “Zoom Out” on Zoom during the summer of 2004.
It was show sponsored by PBS. He had also guest starred in on an episode of Top Chef as well as he has also been a guest star on the PBS children’s television show Arthur in the episode “What’s Cooking?” he was also the judge on the PBS show Cooking Under Fire in the year 2005. Tsaiopened a Blue Ginger Noodle Bar in March 2010. It is a mini-restaurant inside Blue Ginger. He opened Blue Dragon in early 2013 which is his new 80 seat Asian gastro pub located in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston.
In addition, he is also the author of four cookbooks titled: Blue Ginger, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes and Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. He also competed to be the next iron chef on the Food Network. He was eliminated from the final four in Las Vegas semi-finals. Prior to that, Tsai was a squash player at Yale. He was playing Number 2 for the team and was named as an All-Ivy League player in the year 1986. He also played professionally on the European circuit while he was attending culinary school in France. He played a celebrity squash match in 2004 against professional golfer Brad Faxon at a Boston squash club. The following year, he also played in a charity match at a squash club in San Francisco against Mark Talbott.
To talk about his personal life, he is married to Poly Talbott. She is the sister of Yales’s squash coach, David Talbott. The couple has two sons who are named David and Henry. Standing tall at the height of six feet, Ming is passionate about traditional Chinese style fried rice. It is the first dish that he made.
Prior to that, Ming is a national spokesperson for the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). He is proud to have developed the Food Allergy Reference Book. He was invited by Secretary of State, The Honorable Hillary Clinton in 2012 to represent the US with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative/American Chef Corps.