The Story

Born and raised in China, Chef Shirley Chung was exposed to international cuisine at an early age. At 17, Shirley immigrated to America to attend college and upon graduation, worked in Silicon Valley. After a career in high tech, Shirley decided to follow her passion for hospitality and enrolled in the California Culinary Academy. She began her culinary career in Las Vegas opening restaurants for celebrated chefs Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and José Andrés. Under Shirley’s leadership at CarneVino, the restaurant earned multiple international awards for Best Steakhouse. Prior to becoming a finalist on 11th season of “Top Chef”, Shirley held the Executive Chef position at China Poblano, which was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award upon opening. At China Poblano, Shirley fell in love with Mexican cuisine and continued to delve into her Chinese heritage, blending the two cultures with ease. In 2014, Shirley moved to Orange County to open her own restaurant, Twenty Eight, specializing in modern Chinese cuisine. In 2016, Shirley returned to “Top Chef” to compete in the show’s 14th season. Throughout the season, Shirley won the judges over by showcasing her Chinese American cuisine and was ultimately named runner-up. At Ms. Chi, Shirley brings her passion for Chinese American cuisine to life.

The Food

Ms Chi showcases Shirley Chung’s passion for Chinese American cuisine, featuring her take on traditional dumplings, noodle bowls, fried rice and specialty milk teas.