Eddie Huang

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Eddie Huang
Eddie Huang at a panel discussion for the show Fresh off the Boat
Eddie Huang at a panel discussion
for the show Fresh off the Boat
Born (1982-03-01) 1 March 1982 (age 33)
Washington, D.C, US
Citizenship American
Education Rollins College
Yeshiva University
The University of Pittsburgh
Occupation Chef, writer
Years active 2009-present
Known for BaoHaus (restaurant)
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir Fresh Off the Boat (Television Show)
Parent(s) Jessica Huang and Louis Huang
Eddie Huang
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Eddie Huang (born March 1, 1982) is an American restaurateur, chef, food personality and former lawyer.[1] He is the owner of BaoHaus, a sandwich shop in the East Village of Manhattan.[2]

Early life[edit]

Eddie Huang was born in Washington, D.C. to immigrant parents from Taiwan.[3] He was raised in Orlando, Florida, where his father managed a successful group of steak and seafood restaurants, including "Atlantic Bay Seafood and Grill" and "Cattleman's Ranch Steakhouse".[4] Huang identified with African-American culture, especially hip-hop, at a young age.[4] He also frequently got into fights, getting arrested twice on assault charges while growing up.[5]

Huang attended The University of Pittsburgh and Rollins College, graduating with a B.A. in English and Film from Rollins. At Rollins, he also won the Barbara Lawrence Alfond English Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Award, and was Sports and Humor editor for the school paper, The Sandspur.[6] He earned a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University).[7] At Cardozo, Huang worked at the Innocence Project, served as President of the Minority Law Students Association and as Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and also won a New York City Bar Association Minority Fellowship in 2006.[8] Subsequently, he worked as an associate at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke.


Not long after graduating from law school, Huang decided on a career change. After being laid off from a New York City law firm, Huang worked as a stand-up comic and as a marijuana dealer.[9] He also ran a now-defunct streetwear company called "Hoodman Clothing", initially called "Bergdorf Hoodman".[10][11] At Hoodman, Huang co-created clothing designs with Art Director Ning Juang, a graphic designer that he had met in Taiwan.[12]

Huang was also interested in food as he had grown up watching his mother cook at home. He also learned cooking technique from various chefs of different cultural backgrounds (Haitian) and cuisine styles that worked at his father's restaurants. He also learned management and how to be a good "expeditor" (people who manage the communication of information and orders between the back and front of the restaurant, making sure that the food is prepared in the correct order, as efficiently and rapidly as possible and presented to the customer in the highest quality conditions) from his father, who had also opened a number of restaurants in the Orlando area.[13]



In December 2009, Huang opened BaoHaus, a Taiwanese bun (割包) shop, in Lower Manhattan. In July 2011, he relocated his first shop to 238 East 14th Street in the East Village with an expanded menu.[14]

Xiao Ye[edit]

Another restaurant, Xiao Ye, was less successful and closed after controversy over its sales of Four Loko.[15]


Huang created a blog called Fresh Off the Boat and later published a memoir with Random House by the same name.[16] Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir was released in early 2013, with Publishers Weekly noting: "Brash, leading-edge, and unapologetically hip, Huang reconfigures the popular foodie memoir into something worthwhile and very memorable." Publishers Weekly[17] Fresh Off the Boat hit the NY Times Bestseller list at #33 its first week. New York Times[18]

Huang in New York City
(January 13, 2013)


Huang hosted Cheap Bites on the Cooking Channel at the end of 2011 and also appeared on several episodes of Unique Eats before leaving the Cooking Channel for Vice, where he hosts a recurring segment, also called "Fresh Off the Boat", which was later renamed Huang's World.[4][19] Also in 2012, Huang was named a 2013 TED Fellow.[9] Yet he later had his TED fellowship revoked for not attending every event of the conference, per the fellowship agreement. He went on to compare TED to a "Scientology summer camp".[20][21] In 2011, he made the Chow 13[22] and was voted one of the 101 People You Must Meet in 2011 by Town and Country magazine.[citation needed]

As of 2014, Huang hosts a competitive cooking show on MTV called Snack-Off.

In 2014, ABC ordered a television series based on his book, also called Fresh Off the Boat, starring Randall Park and Constance Wu, with Hudson Yang playing Eddie.[23] The show debuted with two preview episodes on February 4, 2015, and premiered in its prime time slot on February 10, 2015.[24]

Huang was outspoken in his criticism of the development process of the show, writing a lengthy essay about his concern that his vision was compromised.[25][26]

Works and publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huang, Eddie (23 January 2013). "IAmA Eddie Huang (cook, author, host of Fresh Off the Boat)". Reddit. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Ozersky, Josh (23 February 2011). "Why Food Personality Eddie Huang Is Still Going Strong". Time. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Martin, Rachel (29 January 2013). "'Fresh Off The Boat' And Serving Up Asian Culture" (Audio interview). Weekend Edition (NPR). Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Garner, Dwight (24 January 2013). "Pork Buns Steamed in Bluster ‘Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir,’ by Eddie Huang". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Ruby Cutolo, Publisher's Weekly, Off The Boat, But On The Grid: PW Talks With Eddie Huang, http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/55130-off-the-boat-but-on-the-grid-pw-talks-with-eddie-huang.html
  6. ^ LinkedIn, Eddie Huang, https://www.linkedin.com/pub/eddie-huang/12/642/380
  7. ^ Schuster, Dana (15 March 2011). "Q&A: Six Seconds With... Eddie Huang is the new Anthony Bourdain". New York Post. Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  8. ^ LinkedIn, Eddie Huang, https://www.linkedin.com/pub/eddie-huang/12/642/380
  9. ^ a b Stein, Joshua David (23 January 2013). "Chef Who Refuses to Be Defined by His Wok". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ TSS Crew, Uproxx, “Hoodman Clothing”, http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/2008/12/hoodman-clothing/
  11. ^ Macy Koch, Silicon Prairie News, Eddie Huang: “I’m about getting paper, but I need a ‘why'”, http://siliconprairienews.com/2012/05/eddie-huang-i-m-about-getting-paper-but-i-need-a-why/
  12. ^ Jake Paine, AllHipHop.com, Hoodman Clothing: Politics as Usual, ihttp://allhiphop.com/2007/06/20/hoodman-clothing-politics-as-usual/
  13. ^ Emily Nordee (28 March 2011). "Talking with Eddie Huang". Food Republic. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Eddie Huang Opening East Village Location of BaoHaus - Expansions - Eater NY". Eater NY. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Freeman, Nate (November 2013). "Xiao Ye, Eddie Huang's Bastion of Four Loko Has Shut Down". The New York Observer. Retrieved November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Fresh Off the Boat". The Pop Chef (blog). 21 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "PW Pick: Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang". Publishers Weekly. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Taylor, Ihsan (27 February 2013). "Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  19. ^ Banks, Alec (2 August 2014). "Eddie Huang to Premiere ‘Huang’s World’ on MUNCHIES". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "TED Conference Exposed As Scientology-Style Cult". YouTube. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Eddie Huang Says TED Conferences Have Turned Into A "Scientology Cult" (Video)". Political Blind Spot. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Chow 13 honorees". CNN. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  23. ^ McDonald, Soraya Nadia (4 February 2015). "Meet Eddie Huang, the memoirist who inspired ‘Fresh Off the Boat’". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Yang, Wesley (3 February 2015). "Eddie Huang Against the World". The New York Times (Magazine). Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  25. ^ Huang, Eddie (4 February 2015). "Bamboo-Ceiling TV". Vulture (New York Magazine). Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  26. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (4 February 2015). "Eddie Huang Gives 'Fresh Off the Boat' a "B"; Pushes for Domestic Violence Arc". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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