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The chef at Shanghai Terrace is Ivan Yuen and he has been with the restaurant since 2003. Beginning as a line cook, working his way up to sous chef, and finally taking over in 2010, Yuen knows this restaurant inside and out. His creative skills have been quite the asset to menu development; and Shanghai Terrace certainly benefits from his extensive background in Chinese cooking.
After receiving his MBA at Shenzhen University in China, Yuen packed his bags and headed to the United States in 1989. Since then, he’s gone on to graduate from Chinese American Service League Chef Cooking School of Chicago and has received a Certificate of Training at Chefs Association of Chinese Cooking in New York — basically, he knows his Chinese cuisine. Prior to landing the job at Shanghai Terrace, Yuen was chef and director at the Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant and China Palace Restaurant in Bensenville, Illinois.
The chef at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant knows Chinese cooking in and out.
Chef Ivan Yuen is the chef de cuisine at Shanghai Terrace. Chef Yuen was born in Canton, China and began his professional career at The Miramar Hotel Hong Kong as trainee and chef. He then became the chef at The Nan Hai Hotel, a luxuryhotel in Shenzhen, China where he was recognized as star of the month shortly after he started. Moving to the United States provided opportunities for chef Yuen to explore his love for Chinese cooking at several more restaurants, including the Silver Palace in New York; The Mandarin, China Cuisine in Springfield, Mass.; and The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant in Kalamazoo, Mich. Chef Yuen’s most recent position before joining The Peninsula Chicago was chef and director at the Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant and China Palace Restaurant in Bensenville, Ill. He has been with The Peninsula Chicago since 2003.