http://www.artchef.com/aboutartchefinc.html About Art Chef Inc. The art of fruit and vegetable carving has its roots in the age of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906) and Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279). This exquisite craft has been slowly developed and refined over the years in China. These beautiful garnishes and fruit carvings were not only created for the Kaiser's feudal banquets but they were also popular among average people, who enjoyed beautiful artistic food presentations. Located in the Bay Area since 1998, Art Chef Inc., has been actively promoting the intricate Chinese art of fruit and vegetable carving to the general public as well as to many professionals in the food service industry around the United States through its fruit and vegetable carving training programs, exquisite carving centerpieces for special events, and carving demonstrations, conducted by its founder, Chef Jimmy Zhang.
Over the years, Art Chef Inc. has graduated many chef students, whose culinary carving skills have won them numerous titles. Chef Jimmy's artistic talents and his reputation as a dedicated carving art teacher have drawn many people from faraway states and lands to the Bay Area to study the carving art under him. Jimmy Zhang, founder of Art Chef Inc. graduated from the Culinary Arts Institute in China in 1989 as chef with a personal interest in the ancient fruit and vegetable carving art. Thru his diligence and a strong desire to master the art, Chef Jimmy excelled in his artistic creations within a couple years, and was invited to teach fruit carving classes at a culinary school in 1993. Chef Jimmy had participated in a number of professional fruit carving competitions in China, at the Province level as well as National level. He had won many championship titles and has been recognized as one of the best fruit carving art chef in China.
In 1998, Chef Jimmy came to the United States making his mark in the US professional culinary carving world with his unique talents and his vast experience in the Chinese art of fruit and veggie carving. Chef Jimmy had earned many medals for top positions at the American Culinary Competition and Professional Chef Competition in this country. Chef Jimmy holds carving classes at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, teaching people in his community the basic techniques of fruit and veggie carving. As an experienced art teacher, Chef Jimmy has developed a very effective teaching method that helps his students learn well and be able to practice the art after completing the course. For the professionals in the culinary world and more serious culinary artists, who wish to achieve the higher levels of artistry, Chef Jimmy had designed a five-day, one-on-one, special intensive training program appropriate for individual student's skill levels.