The initial premise of the show consisted of Ming presenting a master recipe, which he used in all the dishes prepared during the episode. Occasionally, Ming would go on location to spotlight a particular component used in or related to that episode's recipes. Each episode also features guest chefs whom Ming has invited to the show; these special guests then use the master recipe in a dish of their own.
Another season followed the same format, except that the master recipe gave way to what Ming callsed a master pair: two ingredients, one typically regarded as Western (i.e. black pepper, truffle oil, avocado, cranberries) and one typically regarded as Eastern (i.e. soybeans, sake, ponzu, Thai basil), are used in all the dishes prepared in each episode.
The latest season followed another format. Ming would travel around the world, and sometimes would be in his studio, where he would cook improvised recipes with renowned chefs from ingredients that would be kept secret beforehand. The guest would go first, and Ming would go last.
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