Ming Tsai | Biography

Posted On: 24 Apr, 2014

Ming Tsai | Biography

Quick Facts

Date of Birth March 29, 1964
Age 56 Years 9 Month(s)
Nationality American
Profession Restaurateur
Wife/Spouse Polly Tsai
Ethnicity White-Chinese
Is Gay/Lesbian No
Divorced? No
Married Yes
Net Worth $ 1.8 Billion
Height 1.83 m
Weight N/A
Children/Kids David Tsai, Henry Tsai

Ok! Firstly, discussing about the most-asked question about Ming Tsai on Google: Is Ming Tsai a Chinese? 
Ming Tsai, an American restaurateur, television personality and celebrity chef of fusion cuisine, prefers to call him a Chinese.

It differs on people perspective to define ones ethnicity but the fact is he is a second generation Chinese American. So, one can always feel free to advocate about his ethnicity. Officially, he has a white ethnicity plus Chinese ancestry. By nationality, like mentioned in 2nd line as “an American…..’ he is an American. In fact, he was born in California, raised in Ohio, schooled in New England plus he is the third generation in his family to go to Yale


Born on march 29,1964 in Newport Beach, California and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Ming Tsai (Chinese: ???;pinyin: Cài Mínghào) love for cooking derives from his early years where he would develop a super likeness for cooking and eating because of his culinary family who owned a restaurant called Mandarin Kitchen. He was a smart boy since his childhood, perhaps a good analyzer. In very early age, he mastered the basics of cooking and he would spend hours in the restaurant analyzing professionals work. He could understand Chinese heritage and culture of food since his early childhood. Because his parents weren’t too restrictive, he could eat anything from spicy to something odd like snake, chicken feet insects and many more. The American culture plus Asian heritage provided Ming a unique platform to learn many food recipes as the family would travel many parts of Asia and Europe exploring different styles of food.

But his quest of perusing education was not about cooking at first. He is a mechanical engineer from Yale University and a member of renowned Phi chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. But his interest for cooking drove him to seek education in cooking sector. Ultimately, , he attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After moving to Paris, his life was going to change. He would now train under people he adored so much like renowned Pastry chef Pierre Herme and then with Sushi Master Kobayashi.

With immense knowledge of cooking he learned in Paris he returns to United States, but at this point he, he understood that he would need a relevant degree to run his own restaurant business and transact business operations and learn other management skills. Wasting no time, he enrolled in the Cornell University, ultimately earning a Master’s degree in Hotel Administration and Hospitality Marketing.

 Now, he was all set to do something. Firstly, because of his own television show “East meet West”, he gets recognition from many food lover. After that, in the same year of 1998, along with his wife Polly he opens his own first restaurant, Blue Ginger, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which gets renowned recognition and awards and establishes itself as a pioneer in East-west cuisine gradually. Just in 2013, he opened a Asian gastro pub in boston called Blue Dragon, which was going to be one of the most talked about restaurant of the United States in coming future.

But it wasn’t only his passion for food that acted as a source of inspiration in his life. The gamer squash also taught him so much. In fact, the game gave him chance to meet with his future wife Poly Talbott, sister of Yale’s squash coach, David Talbott. David became his best friend and even introduced him to his sister Polly at Yale. Squash was a game through which he learned to understand people better and to do anything in his life by integrity.

 Now, the couple married life has been of 18 years and they have two beautiful sons namely David and Henry. He has said he would be happy if either one of his children decides to pursue career in cooking. 

In terms of height and body build, six feet tall with muscular body, Ming is now 50 years of age. He is passionate about traditional Chinese style fried rice, which is the first dish he made. The recipe of his traditional version is very much popular.

 In 2012, he represented renowned US government initiated Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative/American chef Corps which use food as an efforts of public diplomacy at home and abroad.

An interesting fact about him is that via the use of his engineering degree, he designed an eco-friendly line of bamboo cutting boards and serve-ware called Tru Bamboo, which is available at grocery and home stores around the country.

 Ex-professional squash player, award-winning chef , author of many renowned cooking books, owner of famous restaurants and a national spokesman for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Ming’s detailed biography can be viewed in his Wikipedia page plus to get latest wiki about him, keep in touch with our website www.Unapix.com.