Ming Hao Tsai is a celebrity cook, restaurateur, TV personality, and former professional squash player. He was born on March 29, 1965.
He’s the former owner and chef of “Blue Ginger” restaurant, which was permanently closed in 2017. His restaurants focused on East-West fusion cookery.
Ming Tsai Net Worth
Chef Ming Tsai has a net worth of $10 million. He’s best known for hosting the TV series “Simply Ming” between 2004 and 2013.
The celebrity chef, Ming Tsai was born to Iris, a restaurateur, and Stephan, an engineer in Newport Beach, California. But he was raised in Dayton, Ohio. He visited the Miami Valley School.
After escaping China during the Cultural Revolution, the Ming Tsai family came to Dayton from Taiwan. Tsai assisted with the cooking as he was growing up in the restaurant owned by his mom, Mandarin Kitchen. He’s the grandson of Lee Pao-Chen, a Chinese composer, as well as the uncle of Lauren Tsai.
He visited Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Then, he continued to study engineering and practice varsity squash at Yale University, where he was also a member of the Phi chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Tsai graduated in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Chef Ming Tsai also got a master’s degree in hotel administration and hospitality marketing from Cornell University in 1989. He also attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Ming Tsai became a celebrity chef after appearing on Sara Moulton’s cooking show.
Afterward, he launched his cooking show called “East Meets West” between 1998 and 2003, which aired on the Food Network.
Professional chef Ming Tsai won the Daytime Emmy Award as the Outstanding Service Show Host in 1999. In the meantime, his family opened their own “Blue Ginger” restaurant in Wellesley, Massachusetts, US.
Ming Tsai also wrote a few cookbooks, including “Simply Ming in Your Kitchen,” “Simply Ming: One-Pot Meal,” “Blue Ginger,” “Simply Ming,” and “Ming’s Master Recipes” throughout the years.
He’s been hosting “Simply Ming” since 2003 on American Public Television. He was also the host of “Ming’s Quest” on the Fine Living Network. He also appeared on different shows, including multiple episodes of the children’s series “Arthur” in 2005 and ”ZOOM” in 2004.
He was invited as a guest star on the “Top Chef” show and judged the “Cooking Under Fire” competition series. He competed in the first season of the “Iron Chef America” cooking show in 2005, and he won.
In 2010, Ming Tsai launched a small restaurant called “Blue Ginger Noodle Bar” within Blue Ginger. However, the “Blue Ginger” was permanently closed on June 3, 2017, because of the end of the lease as well as Tsai’s new focus on more casual Ming Tsai restaurants.
His new “ChowStirs” restaurant was scheduled to open in 2018 in Boston. However, there isn’t any information about the restaurant available online, so it’s safe to assume that it never opened in the first place.
Ming Tsai Dating History
Ming Tsai married Polly Tsai in 1996. Polly was born in 1977. She’s a businesswoman who has a fashion-related business. She’s been supportive of her husband’s aspirations since the very beginning.
They have 2 kids together, Henry and David. However, there isn’t much information about his past love life and current wife Polly Tsai online.