Offering a variety of traditional authentic northern-style dumplings and elevated culinary creations, Ms Chi Cafe™ showcases Chef Shirley Chung’s passion for Chinese American cuisine. In addition to traditional dumplings, noodle bowls, fried rice, specialty Boba, milk teas, and coffee; Chef Shirley’s personality shines in the house-made Mr. Chi Chinese spiced pastrami and scallion pancake sandwich plus her Top Chef winning dish –Jumbo Cheeseburger Potstickers with a tomato bacon jam.
Ms Chi Cafe might be a Chinese American restaurant but the quality of the food is up to par with any fine dining establishment. We only utilize the highest quality local fresh produce and spices and everything is house made including our breads, dumpling wrappers, noodles, sauces, and more.
A native of Beijing, and a proud Chinese-American, Chef Shirley Chung brings a playfulness and refinement of flavors to her culinary creations. Shirley immigrated to America at age 17 for college and worked in Silicon Valley before following her passion for food. She attended the California Culinary Academy San Francisco and was trained in classic French, Italian, Latin and Chinese cuisines working with Thomas Keller at Bouchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali at Carnevino, and Jose Andres at China Poblano. In 2013, Shirley was a chef contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Series Season 11 New Orleans where she finished in the Top 3 and was invited to compete again in 2016 on Top Chef Season 14 Charleston where she was awarded as the runner up. In a partnership with her husband Jimmy Lee, Chef Shirley showcases her Chinese heritage and personality in a modern fast casual service approach at Ms Chi Cafe.
Chef Travis Masar was born and raised in southeast Colorado and received a Bachelor in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales and his international wine certificate and Court of Masters Sommelier Certificate at the German Wine & Sommelier School. After traveling and working in Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, Chef Travis discovered his love for the different cuisines and cultures in Asia and served as the head chef of Uncle Restaurant in Denver. Chef Travis appeared as a contestant on Top Chef Season 11, New Orleans where he became not only colleagues but friends with Chef Shirley. Following Top Chef, Chef Travis served as the Executive Chef for Michael Schulson’s flagship restaurant Sampan and Independence Beer Garden. It was when he was Head Chef at Bing Bing Dim Sum when he really fell in love with traditional dumplings, baos, and Asian breads. When Chef Shirley convinced Chef Travis to move to Los Angeles to open Ms Chi – he couldn’t refuse.
A native of southern California, Jimmy met Chef Shirley while they both worked in technology in Silicon Valley and after many years working in tech, he has joined forces with his wife to create Ms Chi Cafe celebrating their heritage, liveliness and love together. At Ms Chi Cafe, Jimmy oversees the front of the house but is really a Jack-of-all-trades leading everything that goes on behind the scenes.