"Two Kids from Queens"
The founders of Destination Dumplings are self-described as "Two Kids From Queens". Both born in 1984 in the dumpling capital of the borough… Flushing. They have been long-time friends and both married wives who were also best friends.
Currently Chef Tristan Chin-Fatt and Deon Whiskey have used their unique and different talents to help grow Destination Dumplings into an exciting pop-up in every corner of their beloved city.
Chef Tristan has a unique cultural heritage which is reflected in his dumplings. Tristan is Chinese-Jamaican and the concept for Destination Dumplings began as a way to showcase food from both his and his wives’ culture and progressed into a more modern approach to eating dumplings.
The founders have over 20 years of combined restaurant industry experience, their food and beverage knowledge ranges from Japanese, New American, Mexican, Italian and French. They have managed at such restaurants as Morimoto, El Vez, Tavern on the Green, Caffe Storico and Time Square’s Snackbox. The borough of Queens being one of the most culturally diverse places in the world, allowed their palettes be influenced by a multitude of cuisines from a young age. Their passion to seek out new flavors and food, combined with a deep love for cooking has led to the creation of an exciting array of flavors found in their dumplings.
Our goal is to provide combine traditional dumpling cooking methods with new flavors and presentation. The influence of flavors is drawn from many cultures and countries, our style is a representation of not only our own mixed heritage but the city which we grew up in and both still live today.