I'm a chef, journalist, and adventurer.
I've appeared on the Food Network's Iron Chef America as a judge, the Travel Channel's "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" on the Travel Channel as a fixer, PBS's "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie" as a host (internationally on Discovery International and National Geographic as "Food Lovers Guide to the Planet"), and the Sundance Channel's "Big Ideas for a Small Planet" as a commentator.
In print as a Gourmet correspondent, CHOW columnist.
In radio as a "Good Food" reporter for Evan Kleiman on the NPR station KCRW.
I've staged at El Bulli in Spain, Alain Ducasse in Paris, and Alinea and Moto in Chicago.
I've worked in numerous establishments as a cook - from the Michelin two-starred restaurant Les Ambassadeurs under chef Jean-François Piège in the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris to the chef for a fishing boat and lodge in Alaska
I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with Le Grand Diplôme, the school's highest honour for concurrently training in Cuisine and Pâtisserie, after receiving a James Beard Foundation Scholarship.
I was born in Hong Kong, but raised in Chicago. I learned to cook in my family's Chinese-American restaurants. After earning a B.A. in journalism, I worked in radio, television, and film production in Los Angeles.
In 2001, I interviewed Julia Child.
I live with my sister Annie, the master craft designer for Paper Source, and our dog Kiba, a 100 pound Giant Malamute mix adopted in Alaska.
We adopted our late dog Karli in Beverly Hills. In Paris she dined at Arpège, Pierre Gagnaire, Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Ladurée, and Berthillon. While not allowed in the dining room at Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénéé, she was served a cheese from Marie-Anne Cantin in the lounge.
Travel Channel-Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (02 February 2009) "Chicago"
PBS-Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie (2006-2009)
Travel Channel-Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (25 July 2005) "Why the French Don't Suck"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (02 December 2006) "Absinthe"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (02 July 2005) "Gastro Bistros"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (22 January 2005) "Food Blogs"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (30 October 2004) "Inside El Bulli"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (26 June 2004) "France's Best"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (31 May 2004) "Life and Food in Paris"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (08 March 2003) "All Roads Lead to...Paris"
NPR-WHYY-A Chef's Table (08 February 2003) "A Romantic Valentine's Date in Paris"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (25 January 2003) "Inspired Eating"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (14 December 2002) "Winter in Paris"
NPR-WHYY-A Chef's Table (09 November 2002) "Studying at Le Cordon Bleu"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (19 October 2002) "Checking in at Cordon Bleu"
NPR-KCRW-Good Food (05 October 2002) "Behind the Scenes at Le Cordon Bleu"
Chicago Sun-Times (28 January 2009) "Tony's Kind of Menu"
Gourmet's Choptalk (November 2006-present)
CHOW (September 2006-present)
Chicago Tribune (20 July 2005) "Pioneering Pastry Chef Shares a Few Secrets"
The Daily Gullet (24 June 2003) "The Stage"
The Daily Gullet (16 June 2003) "Finals, Finally"
The Daily Gullet (04 June 2003) "The Consummate Scavenger"
The Daily Gullet (28 May 2003) "Recipe Theory and Food Reality"
The Daily Gullet (15 May 2003) "Ledoyen"
The Daily Gullet (06 May 2003) "Breakfast With Dorie"
Beard House Magazine (Spring 2003) "Mon Chef: Mes Chefs"
The Daily Gullet (23 April 2003) "Shopping for Stages"
The Daily Gullet (22 April 2003) "Food. France. Now."
Salt Lake City Weekly (31 October 2002) "Letter From Paris"
Bonjour Paris (December 2001) "Julia Child"
Bonjour Paris (November 2001) "A Sojourn in La Sologne"
Centerstage (19 May 2008) "Who's Who: Louisa Chu" by Michael Nagrant
Budget Travel Online (17 November 2005) "Travel Blogs: Food, Gear & Gadgets, Hotels, Maps"
The Age (25 October 2005) "Blog in, don't wait" by Leisl Rampono
Best Food Writing 2005, Editor Holly Hughes (October 2005)
The Washington Post (09 March 2005) "Stirring Commentary: A Food Blog for Every Taste" by Renee Schettler
San Francisco Chronicle (09 March 2005) "Going blog wild:
Web logs feed appetites for food information and inspiration" by Amanda Berne
2004 Best Food Blog - Chef, 2004 Food Blog Awards
KQED Web Pick
James Beard Foundation Scholarship 2002