Andrew Cherng


Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng is infamous for not just meditating, but for encouraging his employees to do so as well. One now-famous account details how after listening to a nervous, rambling chain manager’s description of his restaurants, Cherng took the manager aside and told him that he meditation would help him become calmer and more eloquent. This article explains that Cherng believes that “Panda Express restaurants are successful because Cherng cares about the emotional well-being of employees.” It does not matter if that employee is a fry cook or a high-level manager; Cherng’s experience with meditation and willingness to share it with others is inspiring for meditators of all levels.