Eight Tables by George Chen
George Chen: Creator, Founder, and Executive Chef
George spent his formative years working at several of the top restaurants in Los Angeles and, most notably – while attending Cal Berkeley, at The Mandarin in San Francisco for Madame Cecilia Chiang, a lifelong friend and mentor. Since then, Chen has created, developed and operated several award winning restaurants. Betelnut, Chen’s first restaurant, was nominated for a James Beard Award for the Best New Restaurant in America in 1995. Following the success of Betelnut, Chen went on to launch the multi-unit LongLife Noodle Company, named one of the “Five Hottest Concepts” in the U.S. by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. In 1997, George saw the second coming of Shanghai as an international center for culture and the arts, and developed the celebrated Shanghai 1930 in San Francisco. Chen’s other restaurants include Xanadu, Dragonfly & BeauCoup in San Francisco and three restaurants in Shanghai — Shikumen Bistro, The Strip Steakhouse and Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse — consistently recognized as the best steakhouse in the city. Overall, Chen has created, owned and operated 16 restaurants around the world.
Chi-Feng Lin, Chef de Cuisine
Chef Chi-Feng Lin is an international award winning chef, most recently winning gold medals in 2015 from both the Taiwan International Culinary Exhibition’s Hakka Cuisine Competition and at the Hong Kong Culinary Classic for Modern Chinese. Prior to joining Eight Tables by George Chen, Lin was the Executive Chef for several high-profile Taiwanese restaurants while also serving as the youngest ever Executive Director of the Taiwan Chefs from 2012 – 2013.
Andrew Fuentes, General Manager
Andrew found his passion for the restaurant industry when he began his fine-dining career at The Lark Creek Inn in 2002. In hospitality for more than twenty years, Fuentes has worked at several two and three Michelin-starred restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, including AQUA, The Restaurant at Meadowood — helping the restaurant achieve the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service in 2014, COI, and, most notably, as the Assistant General Manager of the 3 Michelin-Starred Saison.