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Mei LinTop Chef Winner

Los Angeles, CA


Born in Guangdong, China, Chef Mei Lin grew up Dearborn, Michigan working alongside her mother and father at their family-owned and -operated Chinese restaurant; and where she learned the fundamentals of being a well-rounded cook and how to run a restaurant. At Nightshade, opened in 2019, the menu features a concise point of view, showcasing an elegant elevation of classic Asian dishes. Nightshade is the culmination of Lin’s personal culinary history and is on full display, which has garnered rave reviews from Food and Wine and GQ’s 2019 Best New Restaurants lists and 2020 JBF Best Chef California & Best New Restaurant Nominations.