Restaurateur Jimmy Zhao was born and educated in China and has been living in Brevard since 1999. Along with his wife, Grace Han who is the manager of Red Ginger, Zhao’s future plans include opening a second restaurant. For the past few years, Zhao has also worked with the Tourism Development Council (TDC) of Florida to attract Chinese tourists to the Space Coast, and has helped bring about 2,000 Chinese students to the Space Camp at Kennedy Space Center.
Where did you attend college?
I received my education in China. I attended Xin’an University of Finance and Economics. At the time, I was one of the first students in China to study and graduate with a degree in finance. However, I learned about the American culture from my customers.
“Nothing in the world is too hard to do, if a person sets his/her mind on doing it.”
Inspiration to go into the restaurant business?
This question is easy to answer and hard to answer. In the beginning, I had to make a living. Later, I found I loved it. The restaurant business can bring you into contact with a lot of people and enable you to make friends. Therefore, I am planning to open a second restaurant and to add others in the next ten years.
Who has inspired you?
Andrew Carnegie, because of his diligence and team. His gravestone epitaph is: “Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself.”