Moonlynn Tsai, is a first-generation Taiwanese-American chef/restaurateur. Nothing lights her up more than bringing a restaurant start-up to life and has done so in the cities of San Jose, where she helped to open the first craft beer bar, Original Gravity and Michelin Bib restaurant, Pine & Crane in Silverlake Los Angeles. After working in the Bay and LA restaurant scenes she moved to NYC in 2018, partnering with chef Kyo Pang as an investor and co-operator to invigorate the new larger version of Kopitiam. The restaurant, located on the Lower East Side of New York, received a 2018 James Beard Semifinalist nomination, a 2018 critic pick from Pete Wells in the NYTimes where he called it “almost unfailingly terrific” and in 2019 the restaurant was named a Bon Appetit Magazine Hot Ten restaurant.
Outside of Kopitiam, she works with select clients as a personal chef and enjoys perusing farmers’ markets in search of fun and unique ingredients to play with.