Alumni Feature: Ming Tsai ’82, Celebrity Chef

Ming Tsai ’82 has obtained his title of celebrity chef and restaurateur due to his innovations in East-West fusion foods. Tsai played squash at Andover, continuing the sport at Yale University where he studied mechanical engineering. In the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Yale, Tsai attended the culinary school “Le Cordon Bleu” in Paris. His television breakthrough began with his 1998 show, “East Meets West,” on the Food Network Channel. Tsai won a Daytime Emmy award after the first season. After refining his fusion style, Tsai and his wife opened their first restaurant, “Blue Ginger,” in Wellesley, Mass. The restaurant won multiple regional awards and became a Zagat’s and James Beard recognized establishment. Tsai also appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” winning his event against Bobby Flay. Tsai currently hosts cooking shows “Ming’s Quest” and “Simply Ming” and was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012. Tsai also serves as a spokesman for the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and advances research to those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.