Chef David Chang became the first-ever celebrity contestant to win $1 million USD on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game show. The Momofuku restaurant group founder and host of the Netflix series Ugly Delicious will be donating his earnings to Houston’s very own Southern Smoke — a nonprofit organization designed to support food and beverage industry workers in need during these tumultuous times.
On the ever-popular trivia challenge now hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Chang found himself in the middle of deciding to either walk away with $500K USD, or use his phone-a-friend lifeline to help him guess who the first president of the United States to have electricity was. The Vienna-born cooking connoisseur decided on the latter and put his faith into NFL analyst Mina Kimes who unconfidently guessed that the answer was Benjamin Harrison. After a great deal of pondering, he opted to jokingly call upon his “gambling problem”, stated Kimes’ suggestion as his final answer and seconds later, he was declared a winner.
Following his victory, Chang later took to Twitter to say, “Since the government won’t help out restaurant workers…we have to do what we can to help out”, essentially re-affirming his desire to lend a helping hand to hospitality workers struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recent memory, Momofuku recently launched its signature Soy Sauce and Tamari to the public.