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👋 Hi! I’m Chef Ming Tsai, I love sharing the
wonders of East-West cuisine, and helping
you eat super well, super easily. After 20 years on PBS, I recently launched MingsBings. 和平吃好的

👋 Hi! I’m Chef Ming Tsai, I love sharing the wonders of East-West cuisine, and helping you eat super well, super easily. After 20 years on PBS, I recently launched MingsBings.
和平吃好的

Ming's love of cooking was forged in his early years

Raised in Dayton, Ohio, he spent hours cooking alongside his mother and father at Mandarin Kitchen, their family-owned restaurant. His experience taught him about restaurant operations and most importantly, the art of making customers happy through food.

From Phillips Andover to Yale to Le Cordon Bleu...

In high school, Ming headed east to attend school at Phillips Academy Andover. From there, Ming continued to Yale University earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering. During this time, Ming spent his summers attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and apprenticing at area restaurants in Paris. After graduating from Yale, Ming moved to Paris and trained under renowned Pastry Chef Pierre Herme and then on to Osaka with Sushi Master Kobayashi.

Upon his return to the United States, Ming enrolled in graduate school at Cornell University, earning a Master’s Degree in Hotel Administration and Hospitality Marketing.

In 1998, Ming opened Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA,

and immediately impressed diners from Boston and Beyond with the restaurant’s innovative East-West cuisine. In its first year, Blue Ginger earned…

  • 3 STARS FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE
  • BEST NEW RESTAURANT, BOSTON MAGAZINE
  • BEST NEW RESTAURANT 1998, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
  • CHEF OF THE YEAR, ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

In 2002, the James Beard Foundation crowned Ming

“2002 Best Chef Northeast” and since 2002, the Zagat Restaurant Guide rated Blue Ginger within the “Top 5 of Most Popular Restaurants”. In 2007, Blue Ginger received the Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions for its achievement of the highest standards in food, hospitality and service.

In 2009, Ming and Blue Ginger won IFMA’s Silver Plate Award

in the Independent Restaurant category recognizing overall excellence in the country. In 2012, Boston Magazine ranked Blue Ginger as one of the 50 Best Restaurants. In June 2017, after 19 years of excellence, Ming closed Blue Ginger to pursue other opportunities.

In early 2013, Ming opened his second restaurant Blue Dragon,

an Asian gastro pub located in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The tapas-style menu features Ming’s East-West approach with a twist on traditional pub favorites. Blue Dragon was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2013” and one of Zagat’s “24 New Restaurants You Need to Know About Around the US”.

In 2020, Ming founded MingsBings.

In 2017, Chef’s wife Polly was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As they explored medical treatment options at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Polly also made the decision to transition to a vegan diet with the hope of lowering inflammation by using food as medicine. Ming knew he could create delicious options while at home, but was disappointed by the options he found in the grocery store to stock up on while he was away for work trips.

In that moment, MingsBings was born to create a product full of easily recognized ingredients and most importantly, absolutely delicious. Beyond being filled with delicious superfoods, MingsBings contributes to two organizations close to Chef’s heart — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Family Reach.

Ming hosts and executive produces the PBS cooking show, Simply Ming.

As the longest-running PBS cooking show, Simply Ming received two Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Culinary Program” and “Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host”, and received two Bronze Telly Awards in the categories of “Lighting” and “Art Direction”. Ming 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, a popular cooking adventure series, also aired on Food Network

Fun fact!

Fun fact! Ming made the list of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2000.

In addition to TV, Ming is the author of 5 cookbooks:

Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals, and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen.

Ming's love of cooking was forged in his early years

Ming’s love of cooking was forged in his early years. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, he spent hours cooking alongside his mother and father at Mandarin Kitchen, their family-owned restaurant. His experience taught him about restaurant operations and most importantly, the art of making customers happy through food.

From Phillips Andover to Yale to Le Cordon Bleu...

In high school, Ming headed east to attend school at Phillips Academy Andover. From there, Ming continued to Yale University earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering. During this time, Ming spent his summers attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and apprenticing at area restaurants in Paris. After graduating from Yale, Ming moved to Paris and trained under renowned Pastry Chef Pierre Herme and then on to Osaka with Sushi Master Kobayashi.

Upon his return to the United States, Ming enrolled in graduate school at Cornell University, earning a Master’s Degree in Hotel Administration and Hospitality Marketing.

In 1998, Ming opened Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA,

and immediately impressed diners from Boston and Beyond with the restaurant’s innovative East-West cuisine. In its first year, Blue Ginger earned…

  • 3 STARS FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE
  • BEST NEW RESTAURANT, BOSTON MAGAZINE
  • BEST NEW RESTAURANT 1998, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
  • CHEF OF THE YEAR, ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

In 2002, the James Beard Foundation crowned Ming

“2002 Best Chef Northeast” and since 2002, the Zagat Restaurant Guide rated Blue Ginger within the “Top 5 of Most Popular Restaurants”. In 2007, Blue Ginger received the Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions for its achievement of the highest standards in food, hospitality and service.

In 2009, Ming and Blue Ginger won IFMA’s Silver Plate Award

in the Independent Restaurant category recognizing overall excellence in the country. In 2012, Boston Magazine ranked Blue Ginger as one of the 50 Best Restaurants. In June 2017, after 19 years of excellence, Ming closed Blue Ginger to pursue other opportunities.

In early 2013, Ming opened his second restaurant Blue Dragon,

an Asian gastro pub located in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The tapas-style menu features Ming’s East-West approach with a twist on traditional pub favorites. Blue Dragon was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2013” and one of Zagat’s “24 New Restaurants You Need to Know About Around the US”.

In 2017, Chef’s wife Polly was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As they explored medical treatment options at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Polly also made the decision to transition to a vegan diet with the hope of lowering inflammation by using food as medicine. Ming knew he could create delicious options while at home, but was disappointed by the options he found in the grocery store to stock up on while he was away for work trips.

In that moment, MingsBings was born to create a product full of easily recognized ingredients and most importantly, absolutely delicious. Beyond being filled with delicious superfoods, MingsBings contributes to two organizations close to Chef’s heart — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Family Reach.

Ming hosts and executive produces the PBS cooking show, Simply Ming.

As the longest-running PBS cooking show, Simply Ming received two Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Culinary Program” and “Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host”, and received two Bronze Telly Awards in the categories of “Lighting” and “Art Direction”. Ming 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, a popular cooking adventure series, also aired on Food Network.

Fun Fact!

Fun fact! Ming made the list of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2000.

In addition to TV, Ming is the author of 5 cookbooks:

 Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals, and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen.

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