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Chef Shirley with friends (top row, left-right) Dean Fearing, Samantha Brown, Chely Wright, (bottom row, left-right) Alvin Leung, Dimitri and Colin, and Billy Joel.


ShirleyFormer English as a Second Language teacher, Shirley Fong-Torres worked for Levi Strauss & Co., but she found her true path in life in 1984: "To teach and entertain people while sharing my love for Chinese history and food." The author of four books and numerous food and travel articles, Shirley also guest starred on the Food Network, Discovery, Fine Living-TV, and PBS shows, as well as the Rachael Ray talk show during her life.

Her legacy continues to inspire the Wok Wiz team today who, led by Shirley’s daughter Tina and the same food-loving chefs and guides, keep Wok Wiz true to its original mission: "For our new friends to leave us with a greater understanding of the Chinese immigrants and their contributions to American life, and with good food and memories."

Tina & Shirley

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  • February 24, 2007
    Emcee for Lunar New Year Gala at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV starring Tsai Chin.
  • Tsai Chin, a singer from China will bring her talents to the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, February 24 at 8:00 pm in the Grand Theatre. Chin has been delighting audiences for decades with her contemporary pop music. She sings in both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese but transcends language barriers with her command of the songs she sings. Don't miss this incredible songstress! Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting the Grand Sierra Ticket Office or by calling 775-789-2285. Tickets are $63.80, $96.80 and $140.80 reserved seating.  *MENTION WOK WIZ Tours of San Francisco. Visit  for hotel reservations.