Ken Hom learnt to cook from the age of eleven when he started working in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant in Chicago after school and at weekends. In those days he earned around the equivalent of 30p per hour!
In order to help pay his University fees he gave cooking lessons which proved so popular that he was recommended to theCulinaryAcademy. Ken has taught many great chefs such as Charlie Trotter fromChicago, whose famous Trotters restaurant is always booked months in advance. When the BBC was looking for a Chinese chef to
produce a new series he was recommended by Madhur Jaffrey who had seen him giving lessons in California.
This was the start of his UK TV career with his first series Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery in 1984. This series was then transmitted throughout the world and he has remained highly acclaimed worldwide since then.
Ken is now regarded as the world’s leading authority in Chinese cookery and has cooked for many heads of state.
TV (all BBC):
Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery (1984)
Hot Chefs (1992)
Ken Hom’s Hot Wok (1996)
Ken Hom’s Travels with a Wok (1998)
Foolproof Chinese Cookery (2000)
Ken Hom Brands
Rangeof Woks& Accessories, including:
non-stick and carbon steel woks of all sizes,
healthy eating grill pan set,
Ken Hom steamer,
cleaver and vegetable knife.
Exciting new top of the range Sensai in September 2002
ClassicRangeof carbon steel woks and grill pan
TAO was launched in 2004: a high quality range of carbon steel and stainless steel woks, as well as accessories including steamer, cleaver etc.