Changing the face of Asian food in America one menu at a time, Ching-He Huang travels across the country to help struggling restaurants update and revitalize their menus and make over their run-of-the-mill establishments.
Ching packs up her cleaver and heads to Farmington Hills, Michigan to save failing family restaurant New Mandarin Garden. There Ching takes on bickering brothers Gary and Jerry Che, as they work together to revamp this outdated Chinese restaurant and bring it into the 21st century. Can the brothers get along long enough to make the restaurant a success? Only time will tell.
Shogun Palace in Flushing, N.Y., boasts a whopping 23,000 square foot dining room and banquet hall, all of it empty. To save the business, owner David Wong and Chef William Chen enlist Ching-He Huang's help to transform their over-the-top banquet style menu to modern Japanese. In the process, David and William bid farewell to some seriously fishy decor in the dining room.
Ching-He Huang is headed to Kansas City, Mo., to a family-run Vietnamese restaurant. Mimi Perkins opened Saigon 39 to rave reviews and lines down the block. Now, over 20 years later, the restaurant is in the hands of Mimi's children, Linda and Victor, and business has plummeted. Although officially retired, Mimi is still the boss. Ching needs to bring the dishes and the decor into the 21st century and get Mimi to take a step back and let Victor and Linda run the restaurant.
John Bian along with his parents and wife run a struggling Chinese restaurant in Bloomington, Ill. The restaurant is the only income for the family and as sales continue to drop, tensions have begun to run high. Due to the family's lack of communication and leadership the restaurant has fallen into a state of disrepair. To turn the failing restaurant around Ching-He Huang will need to convince the feuding family that they need an entirely new restaurant concept -- and that they need to work together to make it happen.
With their profit margins in the red, Assembly Steakhouse had to lay off 90% of their staff. Now, owner Jack Koumbis is pushing his three children to help him run the business. But, his leadership techniques are questionable, and temperatures are flaring at home and in the kitchen. So, it's up to Ching-He Huang to help this family stick together, while updating their restaurant, before everything goes up in flames.
Ching-He Huang travels to Houston to help battling siblings Nina and Ung get their fledgling Sushi restaurant back on track. Instead of fighting against their Laotian roots -- and each other -- Ching shows them how to bring their heritage to the forefront and create a successful spin on traditional Southeast Asian cuisine.
Don, Bryan and Li opened Flame Asian Tapas in Rossford, Ohio, only six months ago, but they're already in danger of closing. Ching-He Huang must streamline their unique restaurant concept in order to turn their business around. She'll be swapping their existing sub-par flaming dishes with easy to share and easy to prepare Asian tapas with a focus on the owners' Korean heritage.
In Bloomfield, N.J., Ching-He Huang faces one of her toughest challenges yet at a traditional Chinese restaurant that hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Ching helps owner Ming bring his old and tired dishes from outdated to modern Chinese American with a twist.
Ching-He Huang takes off for Austin to revive a 26-year-old Thai restaurant that is stuck in the 1980s. With tired Thai cuisine on the menu, Ching must convince stubborn owner Foo that updating her food won't drive away customers but give the restaurant a whole new life.
In Dallas, Ching-He Huang arrives to help two former best friends, Selena and Hanna, mend their friendship and their failing business. After a falling out led these two friends of 20 years to stop talking and stop making a profit, Ching shows them how to fix their Vietnamese cuisine while hashing out their personal issues in the process.
After investing over $200,000 of his own money into struggling restaurant Session Bistro, owner Joe Troy is in dire straits. So Ching-He Huang heads to Maywood, N.J., to give this confused fusion restaurant a serious menu and decor overhaul.
Ching-He Huang travels to the college town of Iowa City, Iowa, to help General Manager Wes Lewis save struggling restaurant Xie, and learns of a unique deal. If Wes can help the restaurant bring in $30,000 in one month, owner Jennifer Xie will let him take it over. If he can't, she will cut her losses and close the restaurant's doors. With the clock ticking, can Ching turn this sinking ship around?
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