Non-dental, but scrumptilicious – NYC’s Momofuku chef is Toronto bound


By Jennifer BainFood Editor

New York City chef David Chang of Momofuku fame is planning not one but two Toronto restaurants.

The Twitterverse exploded Friday with the rumour that Chang will be executive chef of a restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto in 2012.

Just after 7 p.m., his spokesman Sue Chan emailed out confirmation: “Momofuku is indeed opening in Toronto, in a building next to the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. We are building a Noodle Bar concept on the first floor and a second restaurant (in the same building on another floor) called Momofuku Daisho. The projected opening date is 2012.”

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Chang is a Korean-American chef famed for turning a ramen shop into a restaurant empire that includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar and Ma Peche in New York.

Rumours about Chang coming to Toronto have been circulating for a few weeks.

“Toronto Shangri-la? True story?” food writer Benjamin Leszcs tweeted Chang early Friday.

The cryptic reply: “chris bosh south beach sucks … hello southern ontario > Phaneuf, Bargnani & Bautista > late late 2012ish? via westbank>shangri-la.”

For what it’s worth, Chris Bosh is a basketball player for the Miami Heat, Dion Phaneuf is a Toronto Maple Leaf, Andrea Bargnani is a Toronto Raptors and José Bautista is a Toronto Blue Jay.

It’s not clear what, if any, connection there is between Chang and the Shangri-La.

Earlier Friday, a Shangri-La spokesman
said she didn’t “have information at this time” and referred queries to Chang.

In late 2009, Chang published the Momofuku cookbook.

When asked then if he’d consider Canada, Chang replied: “I’ve never been to Toronto but I have tremendous respect for Susur (Lee). I’ve been meaning to go to Toronto for years now. I’ve heard it’s probably one of the coolest towns to live in because of the ethnic diversity, so I’d like to see that — and catch a Leafs game.”


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