2018 Talent

Ling Qi Wu

Chef & Owner, Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

Ling came from Fuzhou City, Fujian Province. She was brought up by her grandmother, and such childhood forged her into a simple, down to earth, value bounded country girl. Reminiscing of her grandmother’s home cooking ignited her intense interest in the art of Chinese cuisine, and she decided to delve into the world of food service industry. She has been honing her skills in New York City, Chinatown Restaurants, and La Traviata Italian Restaurant in Austin, Texas for many years. Austin’s famous laid back and nature-loving lifestyle made her decide to stay in this world-class city to further her interests and a career here in Austin. The well know dim sum chef William Wong became her master in the art of Dim Sum making and deepened her repertoire of culinary skills.

Other than kitchen fairs, Ling also is deeply into cultivating and growing orchids. Traveling is also her favorite activity when leisure time comes. Orchid growing requires patience and detail; traveling broadened her mind and pallets of different parts of the world. The seed of combining the east and the west cuisine wise started to grow in her mind. Chinese traditional cooking can be done western style, and more easily accepted and appreciated by the younger generation. She particularly appreciates the style and ideas of Barley Swine-organic, healthy and probiotic. Her goal is to join the culinary art and healthy living together, and better health can be achieved by not just consume but appreciate the art of Chinese cuisine.