Georgia has Chang on its mind
It seems that chef Peter Chang, the subject of the Hook's March 25 cover story, can’t even go on a vacation without foodies getting into a tizzy. On Friday, March 26 an Atlanta food magazine boasted that Chang had returned to a restaurant called Tasty China in Marietta, whose owner reportedly planned to open a restaurant together in the area. But by Sunday, March 28, the magazine decided to retract the announcement and apologize to Changians who had flocked to the restaurant over the weekend.
“If you were one of the many who ate at Tasty China over the weekend,” writes Tom Maicon, “it’s highly unlikely your food was prepared by Chang.”
Indeed, according to Chang’s friend and consultant Gen Lee, while Chang and his wife were vacationing in Georgia, the chef agreed to cook for a special function at the restaurant. Suddenly, word spread that he had moved back to Georgia.
In fact, Lee says that food writers from as far away as New York traveled down there when they heard the news.
“He’s starting to be very uncomfortable with people chasing him,” says Lee.
Lee says Chang is returning to Charlottesville this week to continue working on his plans to develop a Peter Chang-themed restaurant somewhere in the greater Charlottesville area.