Zhe (Peter) Song
Founder and CEO,
Kung Fu Kitchen Inc.
Zhe (Peter) Song is the founder of Kungfu Kitchen, a casual dining Chinese restaurants chain in New York. Mr. Song grew up in Fushun, in northeastern China. His parents owned a restaurant, and he grew up on a street surrounded by noodle restaurants. He always knew that he wanted to be a noodle chef. After immigrating to New York, he was determined to bring authentic Northern Chinese cuisine to the U.S. At first, he learned the art of noodle pulling in a street-level
restaurant, and made nearly 500 bowls of noodle soup every day in order to be more proficient. Finally, his effort paid off and opened the first restaurant in Times Square, New York in 2013. Due to the success of the second restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, Mr. Song opened two more chain restaurants in Midtown East and Times Square. Kungfu kitchen is highly reviewed by the New York Times, NBC 4 News, Time Out New York, Newsday and numerous other mainstream publications. Many famous Chinese celebrities are frequent patrons.
Mr.Song believes that Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, and Kungfu kitchen inherits the essence of Northen Chinese cuisine. The success of Kungfu kitchen indicates the influence of Chinese immigration, which also reflects the cultural diversity in America. With the mission to become the bridge between the two cultures and carry forward the traditional art of noodle pulling, Mr. Song holds hand-pulled noodle class twice a month. The class attracted a lot of American learners and was published by the local newspaper.