Ming Tsai, who grew up in the Dayton area and has gone on to achieve remarkable success, is being brought back to the Buckeye State by public television for a big Ohio-centric event.

Ming Tsai, who grew up in the Dayton area and has gone on to achieve remarkable success, is being brought back to the Buckeye State by public television for a big Ohio-centric event.

Author of three cookbooks, owner of the high-profile and influential Blue Ginger restaurant, winner of Esquire magazine's Chef of the Year, and host of several TV cooking shows (his current program, Simply Ming, is in its sixth season on PBS), Tsai will be the featured guest at WOSU's Chefs in the City.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for the taping of Chefs in the City, which will take place April 16 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. in the Battelle Studio at COSI.

During that night, a studio audience will be treated to teaching, feasting and drinking as Tsai and six Columbus cooking luminaries (like Rigsby's Kent Rigsby, Richard Blondin of the Refectory and Z Cucina's Travis Hyde) conduct culinary demos and offer samples of their delicious signature dishes.

There will also be silent auctions for: a tailgate party and impossible-to-get-otherwise tickets to the OSU-USC football game; a "Night Out with the Columbus Clippers"; a Short North walking tour; and a cocktail party for 30 held in the privacy of your own home.

The resulting TV show will air on WOSU April 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. and proceeds from the event will benefit WOSU Public Media.