Chef Tom Lin was born in Taiwan and has lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and New York City. He currently resides in Michigan.

His passion is cooking. Chef Tom has owned several successful restaurants in Southeastern Michigan (currently owns Szechuan Empire North and South). He specializes in Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines and is inspired by Asian-Fusion dishes. He has over 30 years of experience making delicious Asian food.

Chef Tom has received many awards and recognition for his cooking and success in the restaurant business. As a television celebrity chef, he has appeared on the Food Network on Cutthroat Kitchen (won his episode), Cutthroat Kitchen Evilicious series, Guys Grocery Games, Guys Grocery Games Redemption and The Great Food Truck Race.