Huang in New York City on January 13, 2013
1 March 1982 |
Washington, D.C, US
Eddie Huang was born March 1, 1982 in Washington, D.C., to immigrant parents from Taiwan. He was raised in Orlando, Florida, where his father managed a successful group of steak and seafood restaurants. Huang identified with African-American culture, especially hip-hop, at a young age. He attended The University of Pittsburgh and Rollins College, and graduated with a B.A. He earned a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University).
Not long after graduating from law school, Huang decided on a career change. After being laid off from a New York law firm, Huang worked as a stand-up comic and as a marijuana dealer. He was interested in food as he had grown up watching his mother cook at home. He learned management from his father, who also opened restaurants.
In December 2009, he opened BaoHaus, a Taiwanese bun (割包) shop, on the Lower East Side of New York. In July 2011, he relocated his first shop to 238 East 14th Street in East Village with an expanded menu. Another restaurant, Xiao Ye, was less successful and closed after controversy over its sales of Four Loko. He created a blog called Fresh Off the Boat and later published a memoir with Random House by the same name. 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 Fresh Off the Boat hit the NY Times Bestseller list at #33 its first week. New York Times 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.
He 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. Also in 2012, Huang was named a 2013 TED Fellow. 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". In 2011 he made the Chow 13 and was voted one of the 101 People You Must Meet in 2011 by Town and Country magazine. As of 2014, he hosts a competitive cooking show on MTV called Snack-Off.
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