2017 Speakers

Shirley Chung

Chef and Owner at Steamers Co, Top Chef Runner-Up

Chef Shirley Chung competed on season 11 and season 14 of BravoTV’s Top Chef, and was recently rewarded by being named the runner-up of Top Chef. Shirley is currently working on opening her next concept in Los Angeles, Steamers Co., a fast-casual counter service seafood driven restaurant with an oyster bar.

Enjoy a four-course meal by Shirley Chung and one of Omaha’s top chefs Tim Nicholson during Big Omaha! Learn more at boilerroomwithshirleychung.eventbrite.com.

Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley was exposed to international cuisine by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Shirley immigrated to America at age 17 for college and worked in Silicon Valley for a few years after graduating. Shirley decided to follow her passion for food so she left her career in high tech behind and enrolled in California Culinary Academy San Francisco. She is trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she 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, Shirley opened a restaurant in Orange County, Twenty Eight, featuring modern Chinese cuisine.

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