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Mar 14, 2011 11:13 AM

Looking for 5 Star Chef of Chinese Cuisine

Hi All,

I'm an event planner in OC and I've had a special request from a client. I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I'm looking for a chef who can do the following:

-Chinese Cuisine
-Mostly cook on-site (Tustin) on April 9th for 16 guests
-Money is no object
-Client are serious foodies, so this chef has to be amazing

I'm willing to fly a chef in, but would prefer to deal with a chef who resides in the greater LA area

Thanks in advance,


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  1. I am certainly not a Chinese cuisine expert, but just from hanging around here a while it seems to me that the SGV does excellent in low to mid high end cuisine But where we lack is at the very top. There are no 4 or 5 star/diamond Chinese places in the area AFAIK. Not to say that there might not be a Chef here capable of creating that cuisine, but with out the backing or in retirement. Your best bet in my opinion would be to head north of the border to Vancouver

    Good Luck!

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    1. re: AAQjr

      Agree with above poster. Arguably, the premier Chinese restaurant in L.A. is Sea Harbour in Rosemead, and while it can be excellent, it is sometimes difficult to replicate in a home kitchen, just as it is with Japanese food.

      1. re: cfylong

        It might be a little "fusiony" but this is something I would check out with the Wolfie Puck empire, specifically Chinois or WP24, and see what they might be able to do for you.

        2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        1. re: Servorg

          Chinois is an interesting suggestion. They are kind of French Chinese in that they tend to use butter and cream over soy sauce and sesame oil. I am also assuming that the poster is referring to Cantonese Chinese cuisine, rather than Northern or Shanghainese., and that they are more purist Chinese cuisine foodies rather than fusion ones.

          2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          1. re: cfylong

            If it's the art of the possible vs the art of the impossible I try for the possible and then make allowances for the art part...

    2. You might contact Yujean Kang at his restaurant in Pasadena and see if he can help you.

      Yujean Kang's Gourmet Chinese
      67 N Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

      1. You might want to look into Henry Chang from Chang's Garden in arcadia. I think he might have experience at the highest level in terms of cooking for royalty. Can't remember exactly, anyway, I think he's excellent.

        Chang's Garden
        627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

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        1. re: chezwhitey

          Thank Everyone!

          All of your suggestions are wonderful. I am going to look into each and every one. My back-up plan is flying in Chef Susur. Please keep posting if you have any additional suggestions. I love the Chowhound Crowd! You're all so knowledgeable!


          1. re: ocpartyplanner

            your back-up plan was, of course, my first thought. if you end up doing that, who do we have to bribe to get an invite to dinner? ;)

          1. I haven't been but I hear there is very good food at the Trinity Restaurant in the San Gabriel Hilton. Perhaps the hotel could cater--or a chef could take a night off.