From January 8-10, 2011, the 7th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards, organized by Chinese Restaurant News, were held in San Francisco. At the event, Yang Ming Restaurant, Yank Sing, and Ming’s Chinese Restaurant were announced as the Top 3 Chinese restaurants in the US.
The top 10 restaurants in the category of Top 100 Overall Excellence were Yang Ming Restaurant, Yank Sing, Ming’s Chinese Restaurant, Szechuan Gourmet, Concerto Fusion Cuisine, Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, Lin’s Asian Cuisine, Spring World, Congee Village, and Golden Gate Restaurant. The owners of these restaurants received their awards at a red carpet ceremony.
Chinese restaurant industry elites from around the world gathered under one roof at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco to celebrate excellence at this momentous event. At 10 a.m. on the morning of January 8, SBS Chairman Kong Yu; celebrity chef Martin Yan; culinary radio show hostess Teresa Lin; and other heavyweights in the industry turned out for the 7th Annual Top 100 Chinese Awards Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
After countless hours of meticulous planning, the Global Chinese Restaurant Committee of 100 was established. Kong Yu, the publisher of Chinese Restaurant News, was present at the meeting and gave a rousing speech that invigorated everyone in attendance. In his speech, he offered astute advice on how to further develop the Chinese restaurant industry.
In addition, famous chef Martin Yan hosted his first public culinary show which featured a lineup of elite chefs rocking the house with delicious Asian dishes.
On January 10, at the awards presentation, the Top 100 Committee formally recognized the contributions of Ms. Cecilia Chiang to the Chinese restaurant industry by presenting she with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
This was the first time that the Top 100 Chinese Restaurant Awards were held in San Francisco. The theme for this year’s event was “The Future of Chinese Dining and Its 150-Year History in America.” The Top 100 Chinese Restaurant Awards featured a culinary show, food carving, seminars, and a dine-around-town event in San Francisco. “Chinese Restaurant News introduced the first Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards in 2004. It has since become a tradition for members of the Chinese restaurant industry to come together for this annual event,” said Kong Yu, the publisher of Chinese Restaurant News.
The Top 100 Chinese Restaurant Awards welcomed international chefs to San Francisco from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, and Australia. The participation of the San Francisco Bay Area's Asian Chefs Association and culinary schools have turned the event into a platform of international culinary exchange, showcasing the diversity of Chinese cuisine.