Chang at the 2010 Time 100 Gala.
August 5, 1977 |
Vienna, Virginia, U.S.
Trinity College, Hartford
French Culinary Institute
|Cooking style||New American|
|Revised Romanization||Jang Seokho|
David Chang (Korean language: 장석호, Chang Seok-ho, born August 5, 1977) is a Korean-American chef and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Milk Bar and Momofuku Ko in New York City, Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney, Australia and the Momofuku Toronto restaurants Momofuku Noodle Bar (TO), Nikai, Daishō and Shōtō. In 2009 Ko was awarded 2 Michelin stars, which it has retained each year since. Chang attended Georgetown Prep and then Trinity College, where he majored in religious studies. Chang later attended the French Culinary Institute (FCI)—now known as the International Culinary Center—in New York City.
As a child, Chang was a competitive golfer who participated in a number of junior tournaments, in several of which Tiger Woods was also a participant. After graduating from college with no particular plan, Chang pursued a variety of jobs, including teaching English in Japan, then bussing tables and holding finance positions in New York City. He worked at Mercer Kitchen in Manhattan and in the year 2000, got a job answering phones at Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant. Chang stayed at Craft for two years and then moved back to Japan to work at a small soba shop, followed by a restaurant in Tokyo's Park Hyatt Hotel. Upon returning to the U.S. Chang worked at Café Boulud, but soon grew "completely dissatisfied with the whole fine dining scene".
In 2004, Chang opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village. Chang's website states momofuku means 'lucky peach'  (Japanese: 桃福), but it is likely a reference to Momofuku Ando—the inventor of instant noodles. In August 2006, Chang's second restaurant, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, opened a few blocks away. In March 2008, Chang opened Momofuku Ko, a 12 seat restaurant that takes reservations ten days in advance, online only, on a first-come-first-served basis. The highly limited seating, along with Chang's popularity in New York, has caused a furor, generating frustration for both influential and ordinary people who have failed to secure a reservation.
In November 2008, Chang expanded Momofuku Ssäm Bar into an adjacent space, which he named Momofuku Milk Bar, serving soft serve, along with cookies, pies, cakes and other treats. In May 2009 it was reported that Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie, Cereal Milk, and Compost Cookies are in the process of being trademarked. In April 2011, Momofuku Milk Bar moved across the street from Ssäm Bar on 13th Street, and Ssäm Bar now uses the space as a bar at night and a lunch counter with a duck-focused menu during the day.
In October 2009, Chang and former New York Times writer Peter Meehan published Momofuku, a highly anticipated cookbook containing detailed recipes from Chang's restaurants.
In May 2010, Chang opened Má Pêche in midtown Manhattan. There is a location of Momofuku Milk Bar there as well.
He appeared in the fifth episode of Season One of HBO's Treme alongside fellow chefs Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and Wylie Dufresne. His presence on the show was expanded in the second season when one of the characters, a New Orleans chef who has moved to New York city, takes a job in his restaurant.
In November 2010, Chang announced the opening of his first restaurant outside the US in Sydney, Australia. Momofuku Seiōbo opened in October 2011 at the redeveloped Star City Casino in Southern-hemisphere. In an article with the Sydney Morning Herald, Chang was quoted as saying: 'I've just fallen in love with Australia. I'm just fascinated by the food scene in Sydney and Melbourne. People are excited about food in Australia. It's fresh and it's energetic.' Momofuku Seiōbo opened in late October 2011. Momofuku Seiōbo was awarded three hats from the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in its first year and was named Best New Restaurant. 
In March 2011, Chang announced that he would be bringing Momofuku to Toronto. He opened Momofuku Toronto in September 2012, it is located in a three-story glass cube in the heart of downtown Toronto. Momofuku Toronto is made up of three restaurants, these are Noodle Bar, Daishō and Shōtō; as well as a bar Nikai. 
In summer 2011, David Chang released the first issue of his Lucky Peach food journal, created with Peter Meehan and published by McSweeney’s. The theme of Issue 1 was Ramen. Contributors included Anthony Bourdain, Wylie Dufresne, Ruth Reichl, and Harold McGee. The theme of Issue 2 is The Sweet Spot, and Issue 2 reached #3 on the NY Times bestsellers list. Contributors to Issue 2 include Anthony Bourdain, Harold McGee, Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Daniel Patterson and Russell Chatham. Issue 3: Chefs and Cooks, was released on March 13th and was also a New York Times Bestseller. The fourth issue of Lucky Peach was published on July 3rd and was entitled the American Food issue.  The fifth issue of Lucky Peach is about Chinatown and will be released in November 2012. 
Noted for his "bad-boy attitude (no reservations, no vegetarian options)", Chang created a controversy in 2009 by making dismissive remarks about California chefs, telling Anthony Bourdain "They don’t manipulate food, they just put figs on a plate.” He was also listed on the 2010 list of the Time 100 Most Influential People.
In 2011 he was a guest judge on MasterChef Australia.
- David Chang and Peter Meehan (2009-10-27). Momofuku. Clarkson N Potter Publishers. ISBN 978-0-307-45195-8.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2011-07-12). Lucky Peach Issue 1: Ramen. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-936365-46-4.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2011-11-15). Lucky Peach Issue 2: The Sweet Spot. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-936365-47-2.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2011-03-13). Lucky Peach Issue 3: The Cooks and Chefs Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-936365-48-0.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2012-07-03). Lucky Peach Issue 4: The American Food Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-936365-55-3.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2012-11-13). Lucky Peach Issue 5: The Chinatown Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-938073-07-X.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2013-02-26). Lucky Peach Issue 6: The Apocalypse Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-938073-46-0.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2013-06-18). Lucky Peach Issue 7: The Travel Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-938073-47-9.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2013-09-17). Lucky Peach Issue 8: The Gender Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-938073-61-4.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2013-12-03). Lucky Peach Issue 9: Cooks & Chefs 2.0. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-938073-62-2.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2014-02-25). Lucky Peach Issue 10: The Street Food Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-941235-00-X.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2014-05-20). Lucky Peach Issue 11: The All You Can Eat Issue. McSweeney's Publishing. ISBN 1-941235-01-8.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2014-08-19). Lucky Peach Issue 12: Seashore Issue. Lucky Peach. ISBN 1-941235-02-6.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2014-11-18). Lucky Peach Issue 13: The Holiday Issue. Lucky Peach. ISBN 1-941235-03-4.
- David Chang, Chris Ying and Peter Meehan (2015-3-10). Lucky Peach Issue 14: The Obsession Issue. Lucky Peach. ISBN 1-941235-04-2. Check date values in:
- Momofuku Noodle Bar
- Momofuku Ssäm Bar
- Momofuku Ko
- Má Pêche in Chambers Hotel
- Booker and Dax (Located in Ssäm Bar)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (Midtown)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (East Village)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (Upper West Side)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (Carroll Gardens)
- Momofuku Seiōbo in The Star
- Noodle Bar
- Milk Bar
James Beard Foundation Awards
- 2006 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Nomination
- 2007 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year
- 2007 James Beard Best New Restaurant Nomination
- 2008 James Beard Best Chef New York City for Momofuku Ssäm Bar
- 2009 James Beard Best New Restaurant for Momofuku Ko
- 2010 Momofuku – Cookbook Nomination
- 2012 James Beard Outstanding Chef (nominated)
- 2013 James Beard Outstanding Chef
- 2014 James Beard Foundation Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America
The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants
- The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ko – #65 (2011)
- The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ssäm Bar – #37 (2012)
- The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ko – #79 (2012)
- The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ssäm Bar– #86 (2013)
- The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ko– #93 (2013)
- The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants: Momofuku Ssäm Bar- #64 (2014)
- Ko : 2 Michelin Stars for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Michelin Guide: Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Momofuku Noodle Bar, Michelin Bib Gourmands Guide to NYC
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
Additional Awards + Accolades
- 2013 Momofuku Seiōbo, Restaurant of the Year
- 2013 Momofuku Shōtō and Daishō, The Best New Toronto Restaurants
- 2012 Momofuku, The Most Important Restaurant in America
- 2012 Momofuku Ko, Five Most Influential Restaurants of the Past Six Years
- 2012 Momofuku Seiōbo, Time Out Restaurant of the Year
- White Guide (March 2012) – Global Gastronomy Award 2012
- Crain’s New York (March 2011) – 40 Under 40
- Food & Wine 2006 Best New Chef
- Bon Appetit's 2007 Chef of the Year
- GQ's 2007 Chef of the Year
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- momofuku > about us
- Mr. Ando's given name is "百福" and literally means "hundred luck". Momo is an old Japanese pronunciation for 'hundred' and a homophone of the word 'peach' (桃).
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- New York Times - To Dine at Momofuku Ko, First You Need Nimble Fingers
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- David Chang at the Internet Movie Database
- Bennett, Sue (2010-11-13). "New York's finest chef takes a punt on Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). Retrieved November 13, 2010.
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- "Winners, losers, and lots of hats". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 3, 2012.
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- "All Four Momofuku Restaurants in Toronto: NOW OPEN". Eater. 26 September 2012.
- "Luck Peach Subscription". The McSweeney's Store.
- "2011's Best New Food Magazine: David Chang's 'Lucky Peach' - Daniel Fromson - Health". The Atlantic. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- Cowles, Gregory (4 December 2011). "Print & E-Books". The New York Times.
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- "The World's Most Influential Chefs". Epicurious. Condé Nast.
- Mackay, Jordan (November 26, 2009). "Bay Area Chefs Dodge New York Knives". The New York Times.
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- "Michelin Guide Announces NYC Bib Gourmand Picks for 2011". Eater. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
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- "Michelin Picks 138 New York Restaurants Offering Value". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
- "Michelin Guide Announces NYC's 2014 Bib Gourmands". Eater. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
- Charlie Rose interviews David Chang (video)
- New York Magazine Articles
- Food & Wine Interview with Best New Chef David Chang
- "Hungry Heart", Gourmet magazine, October 2007 (broken link)
- Richman, Alan. "Year of the Pig", GQ Magazine, December 2007
- "Momofuku Ssam Bar", Savory NY
- Chef on the Edge article in The New Yorker
- Award-Winning David Chang Revealed Washington Post, October 7, 2009
- 'iPad App or Magazine? A Chef Orders One of Each', Kimberly Chou, The Wall Street Journal, 14 June 2011
- The Talking Room: Adam Savage Interviews David Chang (video), 27 June 2013