Shirley Chung from "Top Chef" is one of the chefs competing in season 14 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. She previously competed in Season 11, "Top Chef: New Orleans," as well as the first season of "Top Chef Duels." She grew up in both Beijing China, and Fremont, California. She is currently chef and partner at Twenty Eight in Orange County, California.

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Shirley Chung was exposed to international cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of the Red Cross in China. Chung immigrated to America at age seventeen for college and worked in Silicon Valley for a few years after graduating. She 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 Chung opened CarneVino as chef de cuisine for the Batali group, CarneVino earned multiple awards for best steak house internationally. Prior to being a finalist on season 11 of "Top Chef" in New Orleans, she held the executive chef position at China Poblano, by Jose Andres, which was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. While working at China Poblano, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage. In 2014, Chung opened Orange County restaurant Twenty Eight, which she describes as modern American cuisine with a Chinese soul.

Chung loves to travel and studies the local cultures through regional food. Her style of cooking is "Cuisine with no boarders" — and she draws inspiration from all of her travels.

Culinary Education: Culinary Art Degree, California Culinary Academy
Favorite Simple Fall Dessert Recipe: Apple Tarte Tatin with Crème Fraiche




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Age: ∼40 years old
Hometown: Beijing China, and Fremont, CA
Current Residence: Orange County, CA


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'Top Chef: Charleston' Reveals 8 Returning Chefs — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will bring back veterans Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe. Read more...
'Top Chef Duels' Contestants Announced — Premiering Wednesday, August 6, the newest iteration of the Emmy Award-winning franchise pits 18 of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons against one another. Read more...
'Top Chef 11: New Orleans' Contestants Revealed — Premiering Wednesday, October 2, the new season of the Bravo competition kicks-off with a new digital video series, "Padma's Picks," to choose to the last chef'testant. Read more...


'Top Chef' Heads to Charleston for Battle of Old Versus New — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will see eight acclaimed chefs from across the country unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Read more...
'Top Chef 13' Returns to Its Roots in California — Premiering Wednesday, December 2, the new season of the Bravo culinary competition series travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations — "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "Orange Is the New Black" will duke it out for the top drama prize. Read more...
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