Mission Chinese Food
Danny Bowien is the chef and co-founder of Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco and New York City and Mission Cantina in New York City. He is a Korean-American who was raised in Moore, Oklahoma, who won the World Pesto Championship in 2008 and in 2013 was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.
Mission Chinese Food started in San Francisco as a pop-up that evolved into a shared restaurant concept and continues to operate in the same fashion there today. In 2011, he brought Mission Chinese Food to New York City where it was soon named one of the Best New Restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit and GQ and in 2012 The New York Times named it The Best New Restaurant in New York City. Since its inception, Bowien has contributed a portion of sales to both San Francisco and New York City based food charities and continues to hold philanthropic values as part of his personal and business missions.
Bowien is the co-author of The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook and resides in New York City with his wife, Youngmi, and their son, Mino.