Mei Lin and her family immigrated from China when she was three months old. Her family planted roots in Michigan and she grew up working alongside her father at the family restaurant, where she learned the fundamentals of being a  cook and how to run a restaurant. Mei credits most of her formal training and refinement to her time at Wolfgang Puck's Spago Vegas and Michael Voltaggio's ink in LA. Part of the opening team at ink, she spent the first three years moving up the ranks, eventually earning the title of sous. Mei Lin won season 12 of Top Chef and Recently logged time with Bryan Voltaggio at VOLT in Maryland. she is currently dedicating her time to travel and research.