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You Can ‘Mingle with Ming’ as Celebrated PBS Chef Comes to SA

Ming Tsai, one of PBS television’s top chef’s, will be in town filming four episodes of “Simply Ming” next week.

The popular chef will be cooking with some of San Antonio’s own top chefs, in their kitchens, as they collaborate on Ming’s signature “cooking on the fly” style.

San Antonio’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau pitched this event nearly a year ago, and they’ll all be on hand at the events next week along with KLRN Chef Series, which is hosting a special “Mingle with Ming” event Wednesday at 6 p.m. Tickets still are available.

Casandra Matej, executive director of the CVB, says the bureau approached Ming believing that this Emmy-award-winning chef would be an especially good match for San Antonio.

“We’re so excited to bring ‘Simply Ming’ to San Antonio. Chef Ming Tsai will join several of the city’s talented chefs in their kitchens. The results should be inspiring. His passion of bringing together a mix of cultures and tastes makes him a natural fit for cooking in San Antonio,” Matej said.

The chefs who will be working with Ming, as they film four episodes, are Johnny Hernandez (La Gloria, Casa Hernan), Elizabeth Johnson (CIA), Diana Barrios Trevino (Los Barrios and Hacienda de los Barrios) and John Besh, another celebrity chef (though not a San Antonio resident) who owns Lüke, in downtown San Antonio. Johnson’s segment will be filmed at the CIA. The other chefs will host Ming at their kitchens.

The other cities featured at out-of-studio locations for Season 10 of “Simply Ming,” include the Azores and Chattanooga, Tenn.

According to the CVB, the show averages roughly between 750,000-1 million unduplicated viewers each week, and runs on 93 percent of the PBS stations in the top 50 markets.

The sets will be closed to the public, but, the public can purchase a ticket from KLRN and “Mingle with Ming” at the Pearl Studio in the Full Goods building. The event begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and your $85 ticket includes an autographed cookbook from Ming.

This reception is part of the KLRN Chef Series. To order tickets, click here.


Photos courtesy PBS/KLRN/Ming Tsai

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