Born and raised in Malaysia, Alexander Ong apprenticed at the Shangri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for 4 years before coming to United States. Recruited by the Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, he has traveled throughout United States working on assignments for the company. In 1995, he moved to San Francisco where he worked with chef Jeremiah Tower at Stars for 3 years. Though he was trained in classical French cooking, he decided to return to his Asian roots and opened Le Colonial's kitchen and then Xanadu in Berkeley where in 2000 he was named Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Currently he is the Chef & owner of Betelnut Pejiu Wu in San Francisco.
Chef Ong is a member of the Culinary Institute of America's Asian Cuisines Advisory Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Asia Society. (San Francisco, CA)