ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY: PESHEAN ZHANG
INTERVIEW BY: OLGA MARIA
Published on: October 16, 2013
Since its launch in 2003, the Macy's Culinary Council has put together a line-up of the most celebrated and recognizable chefs in the world. One of them includes award-winning celebrity chef, Ming Tsai.
Tsai's acclaimed restaurant Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA has received 3 stars from the Boston Globe, was named "Best New Restaurant" by Boston Magazine and was nominated by the James Beard Foundation as "Best New Restaurant 1998". Esquire Magazine nominated Ming for "Chef of the Year", The James Beard Foundation crowned Ming "2002 Best Chef Northeast" and he's the IFMA's Silver Plate Award winner in the Independent Restaurant category recognizing overall excellence in the United States.
We had the privilege to do an exclusive interview with Ming Tsai at the Macy's Culinary Council 10th Anniversary Celebration Party on October 15, 2013:
Examiner: What are you most looking forward to tonight?
Ming Tsai: Always 3 things. 1) Macy’s have been such a great organization to partner with. They want to help all their customers to cook better. You need tools, a good knife, good board, good pan, without the right tools you just can’t cook better.
2) Macy’s is amazing with charity which I love. They give back a lot of money to help a lot of people, which I think is a huge key.
3) I get to see all my buddies. We can trade our stories. Chefs are fun. Guarantee.
Examiner: How’s it like to be a featured chef for Macy’s Culinary Council 10th Anniversary?
Ming Tsai: It’s very humbling and I’m very honored that 10 years ago that they chose myself. To select 2 Asian chefs of the original 8 was very forward thinking. 10 years later, some of the most popular food in this country are Asian.
Examiner: In terms of food, what do you have prepared for us tonight?
Ming Tsai: I love dumplings, king of dumplings. Grew up around the ping pong table cooking up hundreds' of dumplings. We have a ginger pork dumpling with a house made sweet chili sauce made with some roasted bell peppers, chili, sugar and vinegar.
For more information on Ming Tsai, check out his official website: http://www.ming.com/
For more information on Macy's Culinary Council visit: http://www1.macys.com/campaign/social?campaign_id=59&channel_id=1