Andrew J.C. Cherng
Chair, Comprehensive Campaign
Andrew J.C. Cherng is founder and chairman of Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (PRG), the parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express and Hibachi-San. PRG is the nation’s leader in high quality Asian foodservice and one of the largest family-owned businesses in the country.
PRG began in 1973 when Andrew and his father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng, combined their talents to open Panda Inn. The menu introduced an array of new flavors to Southern California cuisine. Andrew again broke ground in the restaurant industry by providing gourmet recipes in a quick service environment with the launch of Panda Express in 1983. Hibachi-San is a quick-service restaurant featuring Japanese grill favorites that launched in 1992.
Today, under the leadership of Andrew and his wife, Peggy, PRG has grown to become the largest Chinese foodservice provider in the nation with nearly 1,300 restaurants in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Japan as well as annual revenues of more than $1 billion in 2007 and 2008.
PRG established Panda Cares and the Panda Charitable Foundation, which provide support to children’s organizations. The Cherngs also represent PRG on the board of directors at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and are proud partners with the Children’s Miracle Network.
Andrew has been recognized with numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from the CSU and Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 and the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Asia Society of Southern California in 2007. In 2008, the Los Angeles Business Journal named the Cherngs Business Persons of the Year and inducted them into its Business Hall of Fame. The Cherngs were also inducted into the California Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005.