Eddie Huang (center) with Baohaus staff; © Jasmin Sun
For the past three months, infamously outspoken lawyer-turned-comedian-turned-streetwear designer and chef-restaurateur Eddie Huang has been traveling through California and Taiwan as the host of Vice TV’s Fresh Off the Boat web series. Tomorrow, he’ll add “author” to his growing list of careers when his memoir, also titled Fresh Off the Boat, goes on sale nationwide. In the humorous, often profane style he's become known for, Huang delves into his tumultuous childhood as a Taiwanese-American growing up in suburban Orlando, and outlines the misadventures leading up to the opening of his pork-bun-centric East Village spot, Baohaus.
He also offers insight into building a brand through non-traditional hiring requirements. His first Craigslist ad, for example, was titled, "Baohaus Hiring Multi-Tasking Nice People Who Listen to Ghostface." Here, Huang talks to F&W about why hip-hop lovers make great restaurant employees but culinary school grads don't always work out.
Eddie Huang's Hiring Tips