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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the focus started to become entertaining. I wanted to still do a true cooking show. WW: Your work to educate restaurateurs about how to handle food allergies has been groundbreaking. You see the issue as a dad [one of Tsai's children suffers from allergies] and as a policymaker. You helped draft the 2009 Food Allergy Awareness law in Massachusetts requiring all restaurants to raise awareness and train staff in safety standards. What do you see as the next fron- tier in this area? MT: I want to see a national law like the one that passed in Massachusetts. You can't serve food that can kill someone. Food allergies are growing. They're not going away. It's a prob- lem that is here to stay. There are 12 million people — this is a guesstimate — who have food allergies. Every restaurant should be allergy friendly. Death is permanent. WW: Your mother is still an occasional guest on the show. Does she still influence you? MT: She's a guest every season. She's still fantastic in the kitchen. Her hands — rolling dumplings in the kitchen — she still beats me. She and my dad live in Palo Alto now. They love eating at Blue Ginger because it's free. True success to me is if I can give to my kids at least what my parents gave to me. We weren't rich, and we weren't poor. But we got to see the world and to eat, and eat, and eat. 49 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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