My Five Favorite Meals with Chef Jordan Trent Harris

Jordan Trent Harris is a Michelin Man.

As executive sous chef at Sushi Ginza Onodera in Tokyo and New York, working alongside legendary master sushi chef Masaki Saito, he was a key part of the team that earned two Michelin stars. He also got a star as the chef de cuisine for New York’s acclaimed Aldea, the venerable Portuguese restaurant that closed at the beginning of the pandemic.

Born in Kentucky, which is a long way physically and psychically from Tokyo where he learned the magic arts of sushi and Japanese cuisine, Jordan has come full circle from his Southern upbringing to wind up back in the South. He will be the executive chef at Mujō, an upscale traditional Japanese restaurant in Atlanta, which opens this fall. Mujō means “impermanence” in Japanese and is a core tenet in Buddhist thinking, that whereas life appears to be a continuous flow, in

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Ying Jing Ma, acclaimed chef of Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, dies at 59 | Off the Menu

Chef Ma's Chinese Gourmet (copy)

A photograph of chef Ying Jing Ma overlooks the dining room Feb. 8, 2017, at Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant in Overland. 

Ying Jing Ma, whose singular cooking in an erstwhile Taco Bell in Overland won him devoted customers and critical acclaim, died Aug. 4.

Ma was 59. The cause of death was not available.

The Hong Kong native made his name in St. Louis with Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, which opened in 2015 at 2336 Woodson Road, a former Taco Bell building that has since housed several independent restaurants.

In the restaurant’s original location, a photograph of Ma in crisp chef’s whites overlooked the small dining room. His menu featured both regional Chinese dishes — Hainan chicken rice was a signature item — and American Chinese fare.

Ma’s cooking drew praise from St. Louis food media. Among its plaudits, Chef Ma’s was a

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This classically trained chef is making decadent Korean fusion in a Bay Area strip mall

It was the early 2010s, and Tae Yoon’s parents’ business was struggling. So the young chef left his job cooking at Fig at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica to return to Vallejo, where his parents ran Louisiana Fish & Chips in a strip mall on Tennessee Street. 

Immigrants from Korea, Yuh Il Yoon and Jong Ran Park purchased the restaurant in the early 2000s. It had succeeded for a time, but with the 2009 financial crisis and recession, the restaurant, which sold fish and chips and burritos, was floundering.

The family came together and brainstormed, and that’s when they decided to make a major shift: “I told my parents, ‘Why not do our food our style?’” Yoon said.

The question led to a whole new concept. 

“We were selling something that we’re not experts in,” said Scott Lee, the son-in-law of Park and Yuh Il Yoon and business manager

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Meet Ethel, The Chef Who Cooked Her Way From Les Amis to the Austrian Alps

Images courtesy of Ethel Hoon.


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Immigration has become a hot topic in the past year. Thus far, the discussion has mainly been centred around foreigners who chose to come to Singapore, but what about the other side of the picture? In ‘Singaporeans Abroad’, we share with you the stories of locals who—thanks to living in a globalised world—have found success in different corners of the globe, whether financially, romantically, or for the pure joy of adventure. 

Recently, we’ve heard from Wei Hui, who works with refugees in Syria, and Gary, who was arrested while backpacking in Xinjiang.

Now, we bring you Ethel Hoon. After studying at Le Cordon Bleu and cutting her teeth in some of the world’s best restaurants—most prominently Fäviken Magasinet, a two-Michelin starred restaurant in Sweden which was featured in Chef’s Table—she now runs a restaurant in an Austrian ski town with

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