Chef David Chang has made history, becoming the first ever celebrity to win a million dollars on ABC game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire', and then give it away again.
The founder of the Momofuku empire, author and television personality, appeared on the Sunday night game show to raise money for the Houston-based Southern Smoke Foundation, bagging them the biggest $1 million prize.
The non-profit was co-founded by chef Chris Shepherd in 2015, and continues to raise funds to give ongoing relief to restaurant workers during the coronavirus crisis. Chang has been a long time supporter of the foundation since participating in their annual fundraising festival a few years ago.
Chang lets his self-professed bravado win out when gameshow host Jimmy Kimmel asks him the final million-dollar question, in a bid to put the current hardships being experienced in the industry in the spotlight. “My gambling problem finally pays off,” Chang said in a tweet after the episode aired. “Since the government won’t help out restaurant workers... we have to do what we can to help out.”
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.
The story of baked Alaska is much more than one of cake and ice cream. It’s a story of war and exile, scientific endeavour, and, depending on how you look at it, either political buffoonery or political astuteness.