August 5, 1977 (45)
David Chang is a chef, restaurateur, and television personality best known for his award-winning Momofuku restaurant group. Born and raised in Virginia, Chang developed an early passion for food and cooking, leading him to attend the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
After graduating, Chang worked in a number of high-end restaurants, including Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen. His time in these kitchens gave him the experience and confidence to open his own restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, in 2004. The restaurant quickly became a hit, earning Chang a three-star review from the New York Times and putting him on the map as one of the most innovative chefs in the world.
Chang has since gone on to open a number of successful restaurants across the United States and overseas. He is also the host of the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, Ugly Delicious and the co-host of the acclaimed PBS series, The Mind of a Chef. Chang has been featured in several prominent food publications, including Food & Wine and Bon Appétit, and has been name-dropped by countless top chefs and celebrities, including Anthony Bourdain, Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, and Hot Ones host Sean Evans. Momofuku has since expanded into food products such as noodles and chili crunch oil.