Today’s spotlight is on Lawrence Chu, one of the co-founders of the Asian Chefs Association, Chefs Without Borders, and owner of the eponymous Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos. In the Asian culinary circles of the Bay Area, Chef Chu certainly needs no introduction: his restaurant continues to win numerous local and national awards for its elegant and authentic Chinese cuisine. Those outside the area may recognize him as a Kikkoman spokesperson and acclaimed cookbook author. But for those who haven’t heard, Chef Chu is widely known for more than just his cooking skills.
As one of the champions of the Chefs Without Borders Holiday Meal, it is no secret that this chef is as passionate about community service as he is about food. Each year, Chef Chu pours tremendous time and resources into ensuring the event’s success—by gathering chefs to prepare and deliver the food, donating ingredients, and lending his name to raising the event’s visibility. His efforts to provide a high-quality, gourmet Asian fusion meal to 2,500 disadvantaged people have resulted in a much-anticipated event drawing more than 150 volunteers and hour-long lines each year.
Beyond the Holiday Meal project, Chef Chu has led Chefs Without Borders in numerous fundraising meals to benefit local and international causes. Of giving back, he says in an article in the Los Altos Town Crier, “That’s from my heart – I want to inspire others to do the same.” This dedication to serving has earned him community recognition and prestigious prizes like the Walter & Marie Singer Business Volunteer Award from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.
As a man whose good works—culinary or not—often make the news, we’re sure you’ll hear more from Chef Chu in the future. In the meantime, we can’t wait to taste the delicious food he’ll be whipping up for the Chefs Without Borders Holiday Meal on Monday!