Ming grew up in Harbin, a city in the far north of China. At age 5, Ming began her training as a classic Chinese ink and brush painter and was soon recognized nationally as a painting prodigy. She received her BA and MA from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. She designed the limited edition artist book Chang Yuchen - Snake and Others, now a part of the permanent collection at the MoMA Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Yong | Co-Founder, CEO
Yong grew up in Panjin, northeast of Beijing. He attended the Yuanpei School at Peking University and earned his MESc at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
In the co-founding years, Yong first called his mom, the bing expert, to learn how to make Chun-bing. After many sleepless nights of R&D with Chef Lucas and the team, the Junzi bing recipe was born.
Wanting | Co-Founder, Head of Operations & Finance
Wanting grew up in Beijing, received her BA at Peking University, an LLM at the Boston University School of Law, and MESc at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is a competitive ping pong player and was trained as a classical Chinese opera singer.
Lucas | Chef, Culinary Director
Lucas Sin opened his first restaurant when he was 16, in an abandoned newspaper factory in his hometown of Hong Kong. Despite spending his Yale undergraduate years in the Cognitive Science and English departments, Lucas spent his weekends running restaurants out of his dorm, known as Y Pop-up. He backpacked and cooked his way through Japan, before settling at Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto. He’s also spent time at Modernist Cuisine in Seattle and Michelin-starred kitchens in Hong Kong and New York.
Beyond the bings and noodles at Junzi Kitchen, Lucas also directs the funkier, more indulgent After Hours menu: fried chicken, instant noodles, juicebox cocktails, and the like. His monthly personal project is a no-longer-secret, collaborative tasting menu exploring the narrative of contemporary Chinese cuisine, which we call Chef’s Table.
Xuhui | Director of Real Estate Development & Architectural Design
After meeting the Junzi team at Chef Lucas’s pop-up restaurant in 2014, Xuhui was invited to design the first Junzi store in New Haven. Three more stores later, he now leads the architecture design and real estate development team at Junzi.
Upon receiving Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University, Xuhui lived in Tibet for a year to supervise the completion of his thesis project: a community center for a Buddhist memorial. Since graduation from Cornell University with a Master degree in Architecture, Xuhui worked at Pei Cobb Freed in New York; his team led both architecture and interior design of the award-winning 7 Bryant Park, which later became the US headquarter of Bank of China. Prior to joining Junzi, Xuhui founded design and development studio AXPT where he was involved in the planning and acquisition of hospitality projects located across the US, China and South Asia.
Andrew | Operations
Andrew is one of the earliest team members of Junzi, with experience in hospitality operations and retail alongside his BA and MBA at Southern Connecticut State University. He’s a Connecticut native, avid snowboarder, and lover of all things fried chicken.
Eva | Operations
Eva grew up in Liaoning, ran a tiny lunch restaurant in her hometown. Eva aims to source the best quality produce and products to each of our Junzi restaurants, and can whip up an amazing staff meal. She received a BA at Shenyang Normal University, and an MBA at Fort Hays University.
Fiona | Director of Business Intelligence
Fiona received a BA from Peking University, Master of City Planning from UPenn, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She is a former Associate at Goldman Sachs, and Data Scientist for Yale Medical Group. She also brings her background in Urban planning and statistics to the role of Director of Business Intelligence at Junzi.
Tatiana | District Manager
Tatiana comes from Boston and Brazil, and leads our Junzi Columbia location, with a background in restaurant management and restaurant crew training. She received her BA from Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes.
Fernando | Director of Operations
Fernando leads all Junzi operations by way of Boston and Brazil, with experience in hospitality training, new restaurant opening, and management, all in the fast-casual food space. He was previously VP of Operations at Cheeseboy and Director of Training at Panera Bread. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Jenny | Brand Experience
Jenny is a Brooklyn native (and food pun lover), with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a background in food/hospitality design. She previously worked on creative projects and brand activations alongside brands like Union Square Hospitality, Sir Kensington's, Canal Street Market, The Museum of Food & Drink, Mother New York, and Tattly.
Zhihua | Accounting
Born in Fujian, China, Zhihua came to the U.S. in 2011 to complete his BA at Southern Connecticut State University. He majored in Accounting and minored in Mathematics, and continued to pursue an MBA at CSU. He is an avid cat lover and guitarist.
Grace | Business Intelligence
Grace received BA of Finance from Hong Kong Baptist University, and a Masters degree in Food and Economics at the University of British Columbia. Prior to Junzi, Grace was an analyst for Huadian Corporation and involved in the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Canada. She’s also fond of fashion, art, and live music.
Ruoyin | Special Projects
Ruoyin has international relations, event coordination, and research experience, previously working in finance and customer relations in Connecticut and Hong Kong. She received a BA from Peking University and a Master’s from Yale University. She can also speak several languages, including French, Russian, English, and Chinese.
Nicky | Head of Design & Strategy
Prior to joining junzi, Nicky worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York; her clients include global hospitality groups such as JW Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Andaz and Waldorf Astoria. For 2 years, Nicky ran a secret dinner club for young chefs and hungry designers from her Manhattan apartment called “table for six”. She continues serving as Program Director of APT, the largest young design professional platform dedicated to connecting China and the US.
Nicky spent her childhood in Tianjin, a northern coastal city near Beijing, and grew up in Shanghai. She studied Art History and Economics at Williams College, architecture and urbanism at Columbia GSAPP and sustainable design at ETH Zurich, before receiving her Master of Architecture from Yale.
Limeng | Architectural Design
From Beijing to New York City, Limeng has 10 years of academic and practice experience in architectural design. She is an Licensed Architect of New York State with credential of LEED AP for Green Building and earned her Master degree at Columbia University, BA at Zhejiang University. Prior to joining junzi, Limeng did architectural practice at O’Neil Langan Architects in NYC and RD Jones Associated in the DC Metro Area.