Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in the family trade in the Silicon Valley. However, Shirley had other desires, and instead decided to follow her passion for food and enrolled in culinary school.
Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, Shirley has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she opened CarneVino as Chef de Cuisine for the Batali group, CarneVino earned multiple international awards for Best Steak House. She has appeared on Top Chef, and was the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres. China Poblano was nominated for a James Beard Award as the Best New Restaurant in 2011.
Shirley loves to travel, feeling she learns about local cultures through their regional foods. She draws inspiration from all the places she has visited and from the favors of her childhood memories. She is scheduled to open her first restaurant in a somewhat surprising place – Orange County, CA. “Restaurant Twenty Eight” will be her homage to “Modern Chinese” food, and is slated to open in December 2014.
Join us as we talk with Chef Shirley Chung about her sources of culinary inspiration and how this translates to her new Restaurant Twenty Eight in Orange County, California.
For more info:
Restaurant Twenty Eight: www.twentyeightoc.com/
Chef Shirley Chung Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chefshirleychung
Restaurant Twenty-Eight Facebook page: www.facebook.com/twentyeightoc
Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com
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