Davlen Mei

Experience: 30+ years

Restaurant: Jade Palace

Title: Executive Chef

Specialty: Chinese Cuisine

Education: Self Taught

Recommendations: Mastros Steakhouse (… loves the “Bone in Rib Eye”)

This is a true family business that goes back three generations to the Guangdong Province of China, where Grandfather Mei (pronounced “May”) owned his first restaurant in the outskirts of Hong Kong. The Mei family migrated to America in the 1980’s where they worked at their first restaurant in the very competitive market of Chinatown in New York City. Years later, friends that lived in Arizona would call them frequently asking their family to open a place in the Phoenix area since there were very few options for high quality Chinese food. Finally, in 1996 the Mei family opened their first Scottsdale restaurant. Today, brothers Leon & Davlen run their two locations. Leon runs the 92nd Street & Shea restaurant while Davlen runs the newest one on the NE corner of Pinnacle Peak & Pima in far North Scottsdale.