Steven Ly was born in Sioux City, Iowa, a cold state with many Caucasians and virtually no Asians, so his mom and dad decided to move the family business and home back to California. It was a long and hard trip. Steven grew up without a general understanding of what his parents did for a living until age 13 when he was made to work in his parent’s restaurant. He learned on the job and began to form an interest in culinary traditions and nutrition, especially after entering high school sports. What Steven likes about his involvement with Cooking It Up! is how it complements his strengths and diverse interests: video production, graphic design, and of course after many years in the kitchen—cooking!