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Kenny grew up in Pasadena, CA and one of his fondest childhood memories was of dumpling night, where the house was filled with the noise of other kids and parents chattering away while they folded, pan-fried and ate dumplings.
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Kenny Lao is a restaurant consultant and co-founder of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar and Truck.
Prior to co-founding, opening and operating three NYC locations, four trucks and one shipping container in Times Square for Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Kenny had vast restaurant industry experience providing consulting services to various well-known clients through Myriad Restaurant Group. He worked as Special Projects Director for Drew Nieporent's Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Next Door Nobu, Nobu London, Nobu 57, Centrico,and Rubicon-San Francisco). He also oversaw the opening of multiple new restaurant establishments for clients such as Starwood's W Hotel Brand, Sports Club/LA and Neiman Marcus.
Kenny's first cookbook was realeased in 2015, Hey There, Dumpling! with co-author Genevieve Ko.
He loves riding his bike, yoga, mangoes, watermelon, bacon and seltzer. He has been known to eat up to 40 dumplings in one sitting. Kenny lives in New York City with his husband John and dog, Zipper.