PHILADELPHIA — Chef Hee Chino Chang has been a fixture on Philadelphia’s food scene for 30 years. He attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania and later graduated from the Restaurant School in West Philadelphia. After graduating, he began his career at The Pleasant Peasant, an upscale South Asian restaurant. The restaurant quickly expanded to Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked as a line cook for a year.
In 2013, he and his partner opened Prime Stache in Philadelphia. They then branched out to include a food truck. The food truck will serve as a mobile kitchen, offering event catering services. Chang and Celek also recently signed a lease for the old Bellevue, a bar and restaurant on Broad Street. They plan to serve small plates of Korean-inspired cuisine.
Chino was the sixth blue team competitor to face Ramsay. His dish, the scallop risotto, was a flop. The dish had a strong miso sauce. Nonetheless, the judges praised Chino for trying to work with the ingredients.
In Philadelphia, Chang’s culinary creations are causing a stir at a new restaurant on the Temple campus. The new restaurant, aptly named Peabody, will open this fall at 1431 Cecil B. Moore Avenue. It will have a bar with 40 seats and 150 seats in the dining room. The restaurant will also offer a private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 people.