Shirley is the finalist for Season 11 of Top Chef. She opened her own culinary consulting company, Chung Lee Consulting in Las Vegas after Top Chef. Her first project, Twenty Eight, modern Chinese cuisine restaurant will be open in summer of 2014 in Orange County California. Before Top Chef, she was the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres. Shortly after she opened China Poblano, it was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by James Beard in 2011. Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley was exposed to international cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Shirley immigrated to America at age 17 for college education. She worked in Silicon Valley for a few years after graduating college with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Shirley decided to follow her passion for food so she left her career in high tech behind and enrolled in culinary school. She is trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she opened CarneVino as Chef de Cuisine for the Batali group, CarneVino earned multiple awards for Best Steak House internationally. From working in China Poblano, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage, Chinese cuisine. She loves to travel and learning about the local cultures she visits through their regional foods. Her style of cooking is cuisine with no boarders. She draws inspiration from all the places she has visited and from the favors of her childhood memories.
The Latest from Shirley
After the Duel: Shirley
Shirley Chung just felt blessed to have cooked with such amazing chefs in the 'Top Chef Duels' finale.
Recipe: Cook Shirley's Water Dance
Learn to make the interactive dish that wowed the judges -- and P!nk!
Inside Brooke and Shirley's Showdown
Get behind-the-scenes of Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung's 'Top Chef Duels' -- from weird shellfish to the circus.
Vote for Shirley’s Charity
Shirley Chung wants you to vote to award her charity, Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Toward Animals, $5000.
Call Out: Brooke Vs. Shirley
Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung have some harsh words for each other pre-competition.
Brooke Challenges Shirley to a Bake Off
Brooke Williamson’s duel for Shirley Chung is all about dessert – minus the animal products.
'Top Chef Duels' Premieres in August: All the Details!
Watch a first look and get the scoop on the line-up of competitors and our digital video series.