2018 Talent

Ming Tsai

Chef/Owner Blue Ginger, Blue Dragon

Ming Tsai is a pioneer and innovator in East-West cuisine and the chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA and Blue Dragon in Boston, MA. In its first year, Blue Ginger was named “Best New Restaurant” by Boston Magazine, was nominated by the James Beard Foundation as “Best New Restaurant 1998,” and Esquire Magazine named Ming Tsai as “Chef of the Year 1998.” The James Beard Foundation crowned Ming “2002 Best Chef Northeast,” and, since 2002, Zagat Restaurant Guide has rated Blue Ginger the “2nd Most Popular Boston Restaurant.” Ming opened his Asian gastropub, Blue Dragon, in February 2013. Blue Dragon has already been awarded one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2013” and listed as one of Zagat’s “24 new restaurants you need to know about around the US.”

Ming hosts and executive produces the Emmy-nominated public television show, Simply Ming, now in its twelfth season. He began cooking for television audiences on the Food Network, where he was the 1998 Emmy Award-Winning host of East Meets West with Ming Tsai. Ming’s Quest, his popular cooking adventure series, also aired on Food Network.

Ming is the author of five cookbooks: Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meal, and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen.

Ming serves as the President, National Advisory Board, of the Family Reach organization, a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial relief and support to families fighting cancer. He is a national spokesperson for the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization, and worked with Massachusetts Legislature to help write Bill S. 2701, signed into law in January 2009.

In 2012, Ming was invited by Secretary of State, The Honorable Hillary Clinton, to represent the U.S. with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative/American Chef Corps. The Chef Corps is a network of chefs from around the country that participate in a number of official government programs that use food as a foundation for public diplomacy efforts at home and abroad.

Ming is a proud member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Round Table. His other favorite charities include Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Cam Neely Foundation and Squashbusters.