From teaching English in Japan to one of the largest restaurants in the USA, David Chang has come a long way. An American restaurateur, author, and television personality, David Chang is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Milk Bar, and Momofuku Ko in New York City; Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney; Momofuku Noodle Bar and Kojin in Toronto; and Momofuku CCDC in Washington, DC. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of David Chang.
David Chang or Chang Seok-ho was born on the 5th of August, 1977. Born and raised Arlington, Virginia, Chang comes from Korean descent. His parents moved to the States from Korea in the early 1960s. The family-owned a golfing goods warehouse and two restaurants, which explains Chang’s interests in golfing and cooking. As a young kid, Chang as a competitive golfer and participated in Junior Circuits. After getting his matriculations from Georgetown Prep, Chang attended Trinity College and majored in religious studies. After graduating from college, Chang pursued several odd jobs including, teaching English in Japan, bussing tables, and working in finance positions.
Life as a Chef:
Chang’s career took a huge shift in 2000 when he attended the French Culinary Institute (FCI). During training, Chang worked part-time at the Mercer Kitchen in Manhattan. He got a job of answering phones at Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant. After a two-year stay, Chang moved to Japan and opened up a small soba shop. His business quickly gathered pace and Chang started a restaurant in Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel.
He later returned to the US and started working at Café Boulud. After a year or two, Chang got fed up with the fine dining scene and opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village. This was way back in 2004, and it took Chang two more years to set up a second restaurant. Since then Chang has opened more than 10 restaurants all across the USA including Milk Bars. 2004: Momofuku Noodle Bar (New York, NY), Momofuku Ssäm Bar (2006), Booker and Dax, 2008: Momofuku Ko (New York, NY), 2010: Má Pêche – located in Chambers Hotel (New York, NY), 2011: Momofuku Seiōbo – located in The Star (Sydney, Australia), 2012: Momofuku (Toronto, Canada) – includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Nikai, Daishō and Shōtō, 2018: Majordōmo (Los Angeles, CA), 2015: Fuku – East Village (New York, NY), 2017: Fuku – Financial District (New York, NY),2008: Momofuku Milk Bar – East Village (New York, NY),2017: Milk Bar (Las Vegas, NV),2018: Milk Bar (Los Angeles, CA), and2019: Milk Bar & Pizza (Cambridge, MA).
Life on TV:
Chang has also made regular appearances in food shows across several networks. Over the years, Chang has served as a judge of several competitions and remains a popular figure. His most recent appearances came in the 2018 Netflix original series, Ugly Delicious.
While David’s professional life is on display for all to see, very little is known about his personal life. He is currently married to Grace Seo Chang and the pair tied the knot in 2017. Like David, Grace shares Korean descent. While Grace is often seen supporting her husband at events, she doesn’t like to reveal details about herself. As of 2020, Grace’s personal and professional life is a complete mystery.