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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.

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Review: Chef Claudette Zepeda goes global with fine, flavor-packed food at VAGA restaurant

Two years ago this month, homegrown chef Claudette Zepeda was forced to closed her year-old signature restaurant, El Jardin, in San Diego. Now, the Chula Vista resident is creating a new legacy at VAGA, a globally inspired restaurant in North County that looks, tastes and feels like a space where she can put down roots and flourish.

Operating since May at the new Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas in Leucadia, VAGA is a stunning ocean-facing restaurant with an open kitchen, a Zen vibe and a diverse menu that celebrates the bold, multilayered flavors that distinguished Zepeda’s cooking on Bravo’s “Top

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Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan launches ‘Sunday Supper’ at Harpeth Hotel

James Beard award-winning chef Maneet Chauhan has teamed up with the Harpeth Hotel in Franklin to launch a “Sunday Supper” series, featuring guest chefs who will craft curated dinners. 

She and the Harpeth Hotel’s chef Devine Walline will work alongside each other to craft a five-course dinner. Guest chefs will join them to provide their spin on the curated menus. Each course is accompanied with a wine or cocktail pairing. 

Chauhan is a regular on Food Network’s “Chopped” and moved to Nashville five years ago. She’s the owner of four popular Nashville restaurants: Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Indian street

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