Normally, turning your back on a degree in mechanical engineering from Yale is not a good career move. But Ming Tsai's decision to pursue a cooking career has paid off. In 1998 he opened Blue Ginger in Boston and it appeared on everyone's list of best new restaurants. That same year, he was named Chef of the Year by Esquire. In 2002, the James Beard Foundation declared him the best chef in the Northeast. Since then, he has become a one-man empire, signing a deal with Target for a line ...

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