Today, prior to next Tuesday’s Cooking Channel premiere episode of Restaurant Redemption, titled “Kim Yum,” this Examiner had the pleasure of speaking with the beautiful and award-winning chef Ching-He Huang via phone.
Hello Ching, thanks for speaking with me today, congratulations on your new show!
Thank you so much, Diane, it is my pleasure to speak with you.
Where are you calling me from today?
I’m in London in my office at home. It is a gray day and has been gray for a few days now.
How has the Cooking Channel impacted your life?
Oh my! The Cooking Channel is everything to me, and the Cooking Channel family has given me a great platform to share my culture and cuisine. I am so grateful to them for giving Asian cuisine such an awesome opportunity with shows like Chinese Food Made Easy and Easy Chinese San Francisco by Ching He Huang and now Restaurant Redemption.
What is the biggest challenge you face in this business, as most establishment makeover people are men?
Well, I don’t swear. What I bring to the table is a different side, choose to empower them. Many are just tired and lost their passion; my standpoint is to revitalize the menu, look at the front of house and the entire picture. They don’t have to fear my presence, many are in the brink of closing their doors and I am there to help, not criticize.
You are such a world traveler, but where is your favorite place to be when you finally sit and relax?
My favorite is not too difficult I love Taiwan and spending time with my family; my Mum loves to cook, and I get to be with her. Whenever I am there, she loves to feed me, she is a feeder. When I come home, it is like Thanksgiving with family and food and plenty of love.
How many languages do you speak?
English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese dialect and a little Italian and French; just enough to order from a menu.
Ching, you have authored several cook books; are there any more in the works?
I am working on another few and planning to do more. I love to eat, and know I have more books that I want to write.
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