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Cecilia Chiang  

Cecilia Chiang
Founder of Mandarin Restaurant

Cecilia Sun Yun Chiang (born ca. 1920) is a Chinese-American restaurateur and chef, best known for founding and managing the Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco, California. Chiang is often credited with introducing San Francisco, and the United States, to a more authentic version of Mandarin cuisine. Chiang's son, Philip, is a co-founder of the restaurant chain P.F. Chang's. Alice Waters, the owner of Chez Panisse, the world-renowned restaurant in Berkeley, California said that what Chiang did to popularize Chinese cuisine in America is what Julia Child (who Chiang also taught) did for French Cuisine.