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1 August 2003 (USA) See more »
Ming Tsai, former host of the Food Network's East Meets West, hosts a PBS cooking show.
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 (Series Cast [1])
Ming Tsai ... Himself - Host (113 episodes, 2004-2013)

Series Directed by
Michael Schear (16 episodes, 2014)
Laurie Donnelly (5 episodes, 2014)
Series Writing credits
Ming Tsai (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Annie Digregorio .... producer / coordinatng producer / ... (79 episodes, 2007-2014)
Laurie Donnelly .... executive producer / producer (66 episodes, 2011-2014)
Anne Adams .... senior program producer (45 episodes, 2011-2013)
John Parry .... supervising producer (28 episodes, 2008-2012)
Denise Drower Swidey .... culinary producer (20 episodes, 2008-2012)
Lisa Falso .... associate culinary producer (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Melissa Martin .... coordinating producer (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ming Tsai .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Julia Harrison .... executive producer / producer (20 episodes, 2014)
Joanne O'Connell .... culinary producer (7 episodes, 2014)
Glenn Sundin .... culinary producer (3 episodes, 2014)

Deborah J. Hurley .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes, 2003-2008)
Series Original Music by
Dan Kuramoto (unknown episodes, 2003)
Series Cinematography by
Ken Willinger (3 episodes, 2013)
Series Film Editing by
David Allen (20 episodes, 2014)
Series Art Direction by
Aaron Caramanis (22 episodes, 2007-2014)
Series Set Decoration by
Amelia Battaglio (27 episodes, 2011-2014)
Series Makeup Department
Kim Do .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Phoebe Ramler .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 2014)

Kris Ravetto .... makeup artist: San Francisco (unknown episodes, 2007)
Series Production Management
Thomas Bellotti .... unit production manager / production manager (63 episodes, 2007-2010)
Chris Cavalieri .... production manager (16 episodes, 2014)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Gallagher .... assistant director / first assistant director (14 episodes, 2014)
Series Art Department
Abby Jenkins .... property master (unknown episodes, 2003)
Series Sound Department
John Osborne .... sound (19 episodes, 2014-2015)
Gilles Morin .... sound (16 episodes, 2014)
Ryan Barrett .... sound mixer (10 episodes, 2012-2014)
Mark Bergin .... sound (2 episodes, 2014)

John Hatcher .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2009)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Wolfeil .... lighting designer / lighting director (93 episodes, 2003-2014)
Ken Willinger .... camera operator (58 episodes, 2012-2014)
Michael E. Steinberg .... lighting director (42 episodes, 2008-2011)
Stephen Hussar .... camera operator (35 episodes, 2011-2014)
Nick Cocuzzo .... grip (34 episodes, 2011-2014)
Robert Tomkins .... gaffer (34 episodes, 2011-2014)
Nina Gallant .... still photographer (22 episodes, 2011-2014)
Rich Freedman .... jib operator (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
John Harrison .... camera operator (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Michael Mulvey .... jib operator (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
Wayne Simpson .... gaffer (14 episodes, 2014)
Dan Lang .... grip (13 episodes, 2014)
John Baynard .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2014)
Adam Geiger .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2014)
Series Editorial Department
Lauren McGuiness .... assistant editor (42 episodes, 2012-2014)
Samantha Babcock .... assistant editor (19 episodes, 2014)
Series Other crew
Phoebe Melnick .... production assistant (21 episodes, 2014)
Joe Headrick .... production assistant (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Joanne O'Connell .... senior culinary producer (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Todd Seyfarth .... sous chef (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Adrienne Rahn .... production assistant (18 episodes, 2014)
Jill Hardy .... executive assistant (5 episodes, 2014)

Elizabeth Tyson .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2004)
Michael Muraszko .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2007)

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What bearing does this have on real life?, 13 August 2007
Author: criticman2000 from United States

I love Chinese food. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and have eaten the best Chinese food in the world. I have great respect for the good people who fed me all that delicious stuff. I wish I could still get cuisine that good today. And then, along comes Ming Tsai. This is an intelligent, talented, well-educated chef, who presents dishes which have little to do with real Chinese cooking most of the time. He began the series by presenting lazy haute cuisine recipes, most of which were impossible to reproduce in the home. He's evolved to an even lazier program now, which offers only a "master sauce", also impossible to reproduce, served over many impossible to obtain ingredients. Don't get me wrong, in theory, it all seems swell, but in watching the show, you've got to notice even Ming can't get his dishes made. He works sloppily and presents a finished dish obviously put together by some unnamed off-screen sous chef, somewhere. Halfway through, he brings out some quasi-super-chef or another, and they glad-hand and support each others' theories of fusion cooking, which, frankly, for me, the jury is still out on. The best shows are the ones with his likable parents, themselves past restaurant owners. They mug for the camera, embarrass their son and pull the most delicious-looking traditional Chinese fare seemingly out of thin air. The rest of the series is well-produced, but not all that interesting. If I ever get back to Boston, I'll give Ming's Blue Ginger restaurant a try. Until then though, this show just isn't convincing me, and it's a static view of mythic cooking.

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