Celebrating 5 Food Innovators for AAPI Heritage Month
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the many contributions Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to this country, including their culinary contributions. Food is an integral part of family and community tradition and deeply tied to cultural identity. Here we celebrate five contemporary AAPI food innovators who are both sharing and redefining their cultures with us:
1. David Chang – Momofuku and Ugly Delicious
Korean-American chef David Chang rose to fame with his NYC restaurant Momofuku Noodle Bar—now one of many restaurants under Momofuku Group which also includes Milk Bar and Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko. Chang has gained global recognition in the culinary world for his creative twists on traditional dishes (like pork buns), as well as new inventions (such as cereal milk ice cream and crack pie). Chang further expanded his culinary influence by creating, hosting, and producing Ugly Delicious, a Netflix series exploring food and culture.
2. Kevin Lee and Kevin Chanthasiriphan – Immi
Immi, a company that makes protein-packed ramen noodles, is the brainchild of Kevin Lee and Kevin Chanthasiriphan. Lee (originally from Taiwan) and Chanthasiriphan (from Thailand) met at a tech company in San Francisco where they worked and soon learned they shared a passion for noodles. Seeing an opportunity to take instant ramen to the next level with natural ingredients and a healthy nutrition profile, Immi was born. The brand is truly Asian-American, offering a beloved Asian dish that’s also clean label, keto-friendly, and delivers 31 grams of protein per serving.