Ming Tsai,host of the popular U.S. televised cooking program Ming's Quest visited Bali during the second week of September to film 3 segments dedicated specifically to Balinese cooking.
Traveling across the island with his entire production team and assisted by chefs from Bali's Four Season's Resorts, Ming first set about capturing and collecting the ingredients of his cooking before finally heading for the kitchen. In Bali, this entailed harvesting some rice from a local terrace; catching Red Snapper with the traditional fishing fleet; culling some ducks from a local flock; and searching through the local morning markets. Later, in the dramatic setting of an outside kitchen atop Bali's Four Season's Resort at Sayan, Ming demonstrated a number of dishes before his film team for eventual broadcast on the U.S.A.'s Food Channel.
Ming Tsai earned a mechanical engineering degree from Yale University before reclaiming the kitchen arts learnt initially at his family's Chinese restaurant in Ohio. Following formal culinary training that included stints at the Cordon Bleau school in Paris and Cornell University, Ming became involved as a chef, employee/owner at a series of award winning restaurants in California, New Mexico, and Boston. These included his own Blue Ginger Restaurant, named the Best New restaurant by Boston Magazine. He has also received accolades from USA Today, The New York Times, Saveur, Food Arts and Food and Wine.
This talented young maestro of the kitchen has also published a best-selling cookbook, Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, and has had his televised cooking program honored with a Daytime Emmy Award.
While in Bali, supplemental technical film support to Ming's Quest was provided by Bali Discovery Tours.
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