Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012

David Chang

Age: 34
Occupation: Chef

Once the enfant terrible of the New York City dining scene, Chang has expanded his handful of spare, rowdy Momofuku restaurants in the East Village into an empire, based on his consummate execution of Asian-influenced, vegetarian-unfriendly comfort food. He's established outposts in Sydney, Toronto and even notoriously unhip Midtown Manhattan, published a mouthwatering cookbook and launched a stylish foodie magazine, Lucky Peach. Looking for the guy who made kids think cooking was cool again? Most chopsticks would point to Chang.