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Chef Yihshyong “Shy” Leong

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” …… one way food should not be taken is for granted.  Wisdom of food is cumulative to age.  Invest in diversity, health and longevity.

 

 

Shy Leong

 

Shy was born in Seremban, Malaysia.  He attended Bowling Green State University and earned a degree in Hospitality Management.  He began his career in food industry a little under twenty years ago as a breakfast cook at the University Union dining hall as part of his course requirement.  From there he quickly developed interest with food, gradually working his way up through school, to junior sous chef and sous chef.  His first job out of college was managing the jazzy Cafe Shadeau, which triggered his decision to pursue cooking as a career.  He spent a year working at Christopher’s in Toledo then The Restaurant, a division of Creative Gourmet Private Dining and Jet Catering in Sylvania.  In 1998, Shy was hired by Trader Vic’s Restaurant Group as the executive chef at their flagship location in Emeryville.

Inspired to search for a more comprehensive exposure to local ingredients and a focused work flow,   Shy departed from Trader Vic’s in 2006 to learn local farming and ranching while working as a private chef cooking for busy families.  Simultaneously intrigued by the dynamics of ever changing global food trends and the complexity of Californian palates, he began his journey traveling and studying alternative medicine as well as food heritage and sustainability.  A Chef Instructor at Kitchen on Fire, he chairs the San Francisco Gourmet Club,  he is a food writer of The Main Foyer – Serambi Perdana and the consulting chef for The Royal Sungei Ujong Club, Malaysia.  He currently resides in Oakland California.

9 Comments

  1. 7-8-2012

    I’m excited to make a reservation for Shy’s experience. How do I do that?

  2. 7-25-2012

    This is going to be dope! Chef Shy is an amazing chef!!! You will be blown away well before you finish all of your courses, guaranteed. I’ll be saving my belly all day for when I go.

  3. 8-4-2012

    we had almost everything on the menu — great depth and finesse. doubt we will ever have Malaysian food as good as this again.

    • 8-5-2012

      Thank you a bunch for the kind words! YES you WILL have awesome Malaysian Food when you visit Malaysia and after taking my classes at Kitchen on Fire. CHEERS brother. See you again soon:)

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