David Chang is a Korean-American chef who is known for his unique combination of Asian food and French technique. After graduating Trinity College, Chang worked briefly in the financial services before embarking upon his career as a chef. Chang attended the French Culinary Institute and opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, in Manhattan's East Village in 2003. Momofuku proved a resounding success; food critics as well as customers loved the restaurant's signature dishes, such as the Asian burrito and the kimchi and pork consomme.
In 2006, Chang opened his a second restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar. Chang was honored as both GQ and Bon Appetit's 2007 Chef of the Year. Chang is unapologetic about his food. "We do not serve vegetarian-friendly items," Chang has said. "Vegetarians are a pain in the ass as customers."
Question: What is the best meal you’ve ever prepared?
David Chang: I think the best meal I ever prepared; wow. I might have to say Thanksgiving four years ago. Yeah. I don’t remember exactly what I made, but I think I was home for a little bit from Japan or something. And I had a week to make this crazy, crazy Thanksgiving dinner. And I just sort of blew it out. I cooked for four days straight and there was this massive feast – from turkeys and ducks to soups and pastas.
I just remember the cleanup being massive. That’s the thing. It’s like food memories like that is usually with your friends and family.
It’s nothing crazy fancy, but it’s something that you’re giving something to the people you care about. And that sounds so cliché, but I think it’s something that I remember.
And if I’m going to say what’s the best meal that I ever made, it’s not at a restaurant because that’s something that you expect that you want to be good. But I think it was the first time like my family was like, “Wow, this is actually really amazing.”