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Alex Ong (left) and Ken Toong (right) are bringing UMass' food culture into the future.

Chef Alex Ong makes a whole new mise en place at UMass

Acclaimed chef moves from a storied past of fine dining in California to the new challenges of the future of campus dining.

Dining at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has been setting trends for years under the leadership of Ken Toong. Right now, Toong is especially excited about a new hire, award-winning Chef Alex Ong, Director of Culinary Excellence. Ong, born and raised in Malaysia, started working in the U.S. for Ritz Carlton, then moved to San Francisco where he worked with legendary California food icon Jeremiah Tower at Stars before opening Betelnut Pejiu Wu as chef and managing partner. Ong has

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