Ming Tsai was born on the 29th of March, 1964 in Newport Beach, California, United States of America. His parents, Stephen and Iris were happy to welcome a son. He was raised up in the family of an engineer and an eventual restauranteur in Dayton, Ohio. There he entered The Miami Valley School. He was also practicing cooking a lot in their own family’s restaurant. Soon, he started studying engineering in the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Ming continued his lessons at Yale University.

During the formative years, he took part in the Phi chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Besides engineering, he also got a master's degree in hotel administration and hospitality marketing from Cornell University. As he was fond of culinary, during the summer he had an opportunity to study at famous school - Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. There he also was a professional player of the European circuit. He got an excellent experience and found out some new and interesting facts about the food and the ways of making it tastier.

His profession on TV started from Sara Moulton's cooking show. Soon he created his own program called “East Meets West”. In 1998, Tsai and Polly Talbott opened his first restaurant, “Blue Ginger”, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. “Blue Ginger” has become a popular place not only for the ordinary citizens, but also for some Hollywood stars. For five years, Ming was a guest on a half-hour cooking show on the Food Network called "East Meets West". Ming is also recognized as the writer of some books titled: “Blue Ginger”, “Simply Ming”, “Ming's Master Recipes”, “Simply Ming in Your Kitchen”, and “Simply Ming: One-Pot Meals”.

In 2013, he opened “Blue Dragon” in the Four Point Channel area of Boston, an East-West tapas-style gastropub. It was named the best new restaurant and was visited by many famous customers. Ming is also known as philanthropist. After one of his sons got allergy, Tsai was the first who decided to create a book that contained a list of each allergen for every common recipes. He may be considered the chef who is a master of his craft. The thousands of people dream to taste some of his dishes. Due to the persistent work, his net worth is estimated to be nearly $10 million dollars. Tsai was rewarded with the Daytime Emmy award in 1999, in the category Outstanding Service Show Host. His “Blue Ginger” was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012.

As to the personal life in his biography, now he is married to Polly Talbott. Ming and his wife have two children, the sons, David and Henry. It is also important to say that Tsai is a 116th-generation descendent of Huang Di. Besides, he is an active user of social websites. He has accounts on Twitter and Facebook. There many followers of him, who are interested not only in culinary, but also in Ming’s personality as well.

Last Modified: Apr 6, 2020

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