Category Archives: Austin

A year for the history books.

At least my history book ;-). Some notable things that happened this year, many of which you may be familiar with already. But it’s a good reminded for me to see just how much this past year changed me as … Continue reading

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Turning a page

In less than two weeks, I will take a trip across the country and continent, ultimately culminating at a small city located in Quebec, Canada. This will be the first trip I have taken in which there is no guarantee … Continue reading

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The Best of the Past Three Months

Sorry this post is a little bit overdue. The last post I wrote about my experience in the culinary world sounded a bit negative, so I thought I’d balance it out by sharing some of my favorite moments from the … Continue reading

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Cooking for a friend

Check out these AMAZING photos that were taken while I had the opportunity and honor to cook for a dear friend that had just given birth. Photo credit to all of these are to¬†Ikigai | Photography by Katherine Fan   … Continue reading

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Thoughts on life in the culinary world

For the better part of 3 months now since the filming of MasterChef concluded, I have been working in professional kitchens. Sometimes I’m paid, sometimes I’m not. Throughout these past couple of months, there are some things that I’ve taken … Continue reading

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myFOXaustin Morning Show!

Here’s the link to a video of a brief segment I did for the local FOX station’s morning show! http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/18704888/michael-chen-cooks-up-pork-dumplings-on-good-day I’ll post a more detailed version of the recipe along with some special tips here soon :). Remember, follow me … Continue reading

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RR #1: Barley Swine

I’ve decided that I want to start ¬†segment of my blog dedicated to Restaurant Reviews (RR). It’s kind of cathartic for me to sit down and to critique somebody else’s food for once after having been on the receiving end … Continue reading

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