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Elephant East to Open this Fall in the Harwood District; Meet the Chef

An adventurous new pan-Asian concept is landing in the Harwood District. Elephant East will open its doors later this fall and will be spearheaded by chef Thomas Griffin.

Hailing from Cape Cod, Griffin spent years working as a chef in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington. After chats with Harwood International director of operations Stan Rodrigues, he moved to Dallas last year where he was Dolce Riviera’s executive chef.


“Opportunity arose in Dallas and I wanted to jump out,” Griffin says. “I knew I wanted to come out toward the west. I believe in the food scene out

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My Five Favorite Meals with Chef Jordan Trent Harris

Jordan Trent Harris is a Michelin Man.

As executive sous chef at Sushi Ginza Onodera in Tokyo and New York, working alongside legendary master sushi chef Masaki Saito, he was a key part of the team that earned two Michelin stars. He also got a star as the chef de cuisine for New York’s acclaimed Aldea, the venerable Portuguese restaurant that closed at the beginning of the pandemic.

Born in Kentucky, which is a long way physically and psychically from Tokyo where he learned the magic arts of sushi and Japanese cuisine, Jordan has come full circle from his Southern

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Ying Jing Ma, acclaimed chef of Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, dies at 59 | Off the Menu







Chef Ma's Chinese Gourmet (copy)

A photograph of chef Ying Jing Ma overlooks the dining room Feb. 8, 2017, at Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant in Overland. 




Ying Jing Ma, whose singular cooking in an erstwhile Taco Bell in Overland won him devoted customers and critical acclaim, died Aug. 4.

Ma was 59. The cause of death was not available.

The Hong Kong native made his name in St. Louis with Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, which opened in 2015 at 2336 Woodson Road, a former Taco Bell building that has since housed several independent restaurants.

In the restaurant’s original

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This classically trained chef is making decadent Korean fusion in a Bay Area strip mall

It was the early 2010s, and Tae Yoon’s parents’ business was struggling. So the young chef left his job cooking at Fig at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica to return to Vallejo, where his parents ran Louisiana Fish & Chips in a strip mall on Tennessee Street. 

Immigrants from Korea, Yuh Il Yoon and Jong Ran Park purchased the restaurant in the early 2000s. It had succeeded for a time, but with the 2009 financial crisis and recession, the restaurant, which sold fish and chips and burritos, was floundering.

The family came together and brainstormed, and that’s when they

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