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Shirley Chung

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A native of Beijing, and a proud Chinese-American, Chef Shirley Chung of Ms. Chi Cafe brings a playfulness and refinement of flavors to her culinary creations. Shirley immigrated to America at age 17 for college and worked in Silicon Valley before following her passion for food. She attended the California Culinary Academy San Francisco and was trained in classic French, Italian, Latin and Chinese cuisines working with Thomas Keller at Bouchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali at Carnevino, and Jose Andres at China Poblano. In 2013, Shirley was a chef contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Series Season 11 New Orleans where she finished in the Top 3 and was invited to compete again in 2016 on Top Chef Season 14 Charleston where she was awarded as the runner up. In a partnership with her husband Jimmy Lee, Shirley showcases her Chinese heritage through her progressive Chinese American cuisine Ms Chi Cafe in Culver City.