Things didn't take off right away; the chef at a nearby noodle shop told Chang he was doomed to fail. But shortly thereafter, Chang's ramen wunderkind status catapulted him to cult celebrity status. He won Food & Wine's Best New Chef award in 2006, and then went on to open another restaurant, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, down the street from his original noodle bar location, with a larger and more varied menu. The following year, he took home a prestigious James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef, along with Bon Appétit's Chef of the Year Award.
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