Shirley Chung

Shows Top Chef

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.