Graduation at Oxford Brookes University
I was honoured last week when I was asked to give the graduation speech at Oxford Brookes University. Throughout my nine years of association with the university, especially the Oxford School of Hospitality Management, I was inspired by the many students who came from all over the world. But the greatest pleasure has been working with Don Sloan the Head of School. His impressive leadership and connection with the students help make the school one of the best in the world!
My heart goes out to the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy as well as to all their friends and family. It is hard to express my profound sorrow for everyone’s suffering!
My heart goes out to the victims of the horrible attacks in London. I am praying for their families and friends.
I was shocked by the attack on one of my favourite UK cities – Manchester. Senseless violence against innocent people must be condemned. I stand firmly today with everyone in Manchester and grieve with them.
I wanted to share with you a feature from a Chinese website which has over 800 million visitors a month. It’s titled : ‘What the British called the Chinese food godfather had his origins in Kaiping’. It is a piece introducing me to the Chinese public…it is about all that I have done to promote Chinese food and culture to the West. Here is the piece here and you can click the ‘translate’ button which comes up on the right hand side of the page, in the chrome browser, when you follow the link, to see the english translation. There is also a video included. Do enjoy!
Ratiu Friends and Family Weekend 2017
I recently spent the weekend with Pamela Ratiu at their family foundation in Transylvania. It was a first for me and on Saturday, I was honoured to meet HRH The Prince of Wales again. We first met over thirty years ago when we both had hair and he still has plenty! We discussed Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard charity in Berkeley, California of which I have been a supporter since the beginning. Sustainable, good organic food for everyone is one of Prince Charles’ goals which I fully support!
“Introducing Ken Hom, author of My Stir-Fried Life” by Karen Christensen
Roy Ackerman. I was deeply sadden to learn of the passing of Roy Ackerman, one of the giant in our hospitality industry. I was privileged to meet him on numerous occasion and found him a true foundation of knowledge and inspiration. He will be sorely missed by all of us!
My good friend, Ewan Venters the CEO of the fabulous Fortnum & Mason sent me this photo of his summertime pool side reading
I am delighted to announce that my restaurant MEE at Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro has retained its Michelin star for the third year running! There are only six restaurants in Rio with Michelin stars, one star being the highest score anyone has. I am so proud of my kitchen and restaurant team, well done everyone!
Our great kitchen team who has maintain the quality and consistency of MEE! Congratulations to all of them for maintaining our Michelin star for the third year in a row! You are the best!
Ken shares the three cookbooks he couldn’t live without in an interview with the ’readinglist‘
I had a fabulous time showing how to easily make four dishes in no time, last Saturday afternoon at the Outburst Festival sponsor by Oxford Brookes University! All cooked in just one Ken Hom wok!
I had a fabulous time showing how to easily make four dishes in no time, at the Oxford Brookes University Festival All cooked in just one Ken Hom wok!
I am such an irresistible cat lover. I fell in love with Whiskers at the Oxford home of my friends. She was so lovable at 17 years old!
Another favourite photo that a fan sent me about 2 years ago when he captured his cat nesting in his Ken Hom wok! That is a cat with great taste!
When I reflected on the sad recent events in London, it made me want to reread one of the most uplifting books I have read in recent years. It is called Progress and a well written case for optimism and how far mankind has come in the last few hundred years. What is especially touching for me with my work with Action Against Hunger is the progress we have made to eliminate hunger and boosted nutrition. We all need to share good food together for a better world!
Over a million children are at imminent risk of dying from life-threatening hunger across Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan.
Without immediate help, they risk dying of hunger. Famine has been officially declared in South Sudan – the first famine anywhere in the world since 2011. But South Sudan is not the only country facing a catastrophe. The children of Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are at risk of famine too. See how you can help with Action Against Hunger
I’ve been supporting Earth Hour where you? See what happened on the day with WWF
Check out my climate-conscious recipes for WWF’s Earth Hour
Ken Hom article on Instagram and the Future of Chinese Cuisine
My great friend and fantastic photographer, KT Bruce took this photo of me with Maureen Lipman, the famous actress and author at the closing dinner of this year’s Oxford Literary Festival! Congratulations to all as this was one of the best festival of all time and celebrating the 21 st year anniversary as well!
Watch Ken’s recent TV appearances:
BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen on the 28th January 2017
Listen to Ken’s on recent Radio broadcasts:
Listen to Ken daily chats with Rob Cowan with a selection of his favourite classical music
BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen on the 28th January 2017
Ken’s public appearances:
See Ken at the following locations!
Meet Ken Hom in the Living Kitchen at Bentalls Kingston on Monday 12th June 1-2.30
See ken in Tomorrow’s Kitchen at the Exclusively Shows, Business Design Centre 13th June 11.20-12.20
Ken will be at Fenwicks in Brent Cross Shopping Centre 14th June 11-12.30pm
Debenhams on Oxford Street, London 15th June 12-1.30
See Ken Demonstrate at Lords at Home at Holland Park 15th June 6.30-8.00pm
Ocean Palace in Sandbanks Hotel, Poole – Chapter 2
Sharing with you my beautiful day & evening at Ocean Place. I was touched by everyone I met and the support they showed by buying my book — which all went to Action Against Hunger. My guide and host, John Butterworth showed me the charms of Poole!
Ocean Palace in Sandbanks Hotel, Poole
I was lucky to be at the fabulous Ocean Place last Saturday for an event benefiting my favourite charity, Action Against Hunger. I made an interesting menu with the talented kitchen head by Chef Ping. It was a sold out event and with all the lovely people who came, it was a love fest! Zoe Wilson who organised it and her beautiful mum, both made my evening. The setting was one of the most beautiful I have seen in Poole, right on the beach. We also did a Facebook interview live!
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with Ken Hom OBE as one of the key speakers on the day. See Ken on this video from ‘Implausibleblog‘
Ken was in the Foodie Lab at this year’s Ideal Home Show.
Ken at the Oxford Literary Festival 2017 – talking with Donald Sloan
This photo was taken at my talk at the Oxford Literary Festival earlier this month. Frank is the photographer for Oxford Brookes University and often takes photos of events I have been involved in. There was a light on the wall and he could not resist taking it…he said the halo fitted me well!
Very amusing, indeed.
Listen to Ken on BBC4 Loose Ends broadcast on Sat 28 Jan 2017
Ken and the Vietnamese stir fry at Brookes Restaurant part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management
Ken supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charity at the “A Superheroes Night” 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott Hong Kong on 29 October 2016.
Helping to raise more funds for the RMHC Hong Kong, a children’s charity.
Chef Jacky Yu was generously let Ken use his cooking school to cook for Bob, Marlene, Grace, Kendall & Christian! My friends, the Pebeyres helped by providing the truffles.
I was very excited to be hosting friend and actor Stanley Tucci and his wife Felicity and the head of Fortnum & Mason Ewan Venters at my home in Paris they were the top bidders for a meal with Ken Hom for Action Against Hunger Benefit Dinner, and a lot of money was raised on the night for this worthy charity. We start with fresh black truffle ‘sandwiches’ and champagne, plus many other delicacies, with wines to match of course!
See Ken in the Jules Verne Magazine and his delicious recipe for Chicken with Black Been Sauce
We won another prestigious award again for MEE It is the restaurant of the Year award given by the government tourist bureau.
There to receive the award was Rejane, our sake expert; Wemerson Oliverira, our assistant manager and Chef Guido, our talented young sous-chef! Bravo, well done.
At our Michelin star pan-Asian restaurant, MEE in Rio de Janeiro, we use only Maldon sea salt because it is the best in the world.
Ken shares his favourite Sherry-inspired recipe to celebrate the year of the rooster Very Sherry Chinese New Year
Dim Sum Table Talk with Ken Hom
I was incredibly gutted when I heard that my friend, AA Gill has passed away. It was a bit of a shock as I was with him at the China Exchange at the end of Sept and he was in prime form. A great food lover & writer. I will certainly miss him!
Listen to Ken talk about his life with Steve Allen on LBC.
MEE has just won the Best Asian Restaurant Award in Rio de Janeiro!
Congratulations to all our fantastic team in the kitchen as well as in the dining room!
Ken Hom’s autobiography ‘My Stir-Fried Life‘ released 29 September 2016! – ‘My Stir-Fried Life’ is a high-spirited, life-enriching feast in an ever-sunny world, where the chopsticks never stop clattering, the platters are always abundant, and dreams – no matter how ridiculously unbelievable – can and do come true.
Ken’s good friend Grace, who is the chairperson of RMHC HK, has just sold another copy of my latest book ‘My Stir-Fried Life‘ for HKD 10,000 raising a total of HKD 48,800 (over £5000) for RMHC HK, the children charity in Hong Kong !!! I am delighted that my books are being put to good use.
Proud to have supported Action Against Hunger again this year and help raise a record £338,135 for this worthy charity.
I’m delighted to be supporting the GREAT Britain campaign. Check out this link of me in Thailand!
Ken Hom – ‘Why I’m an ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign’ Video
In this ‘GREAT’ Conversation talking with the outstanding creative talent Jo Malone we discuss our inspirations and the impact the UK has had on our careers. Video
See Ken’s recommendations for some classic cook books
Ken recalls what it was like to cook for Tina Turner
Ken Hom shares some anecdotes and musings with Country & Town House
Ken’s latest article in the This Is Money website – ‘my woks are built to last’
Wok & Chilli – a chat with Ken at Blender & Basil
Read Ken in the Luxury London Website article ‘A Taste Of The East‘
The chef shares one of his favourite recipes with Luxury London for Chinese New Year – Chicken Chow Mein
Ken’s Chinese New Year recipes to make at home in the Liverpool Echo
Ken’s latest article in the Telegraph – the easy way to cook with a wok
Ken’s latest article in the Financial Times
Read Ken’s secret to the perfect Club Sandwich on British Airways The Club page
A successful media launch here in Hong Kong promoting English beef for the GREAT campaign, Ken’s recipe with Asian flavours and using Maldon sea salt was a hit! The Chinese press was impressed with the aroma and taste of British beef paired with Asian spices.
Choice cuts of beef and beer to cheer promoted in HK!
Having a wonderful time filming with the biggest home shopping TrueSelect channel in Thailand, sharing the Ken Hom wok with Thais!!
The Battle of the Noodles: AA Gill and Giorgio Locatelli Vs Ken Hom and Sir David Tang at China Exchange – London See the battle here:
Ken talking about how to make the perfect Vietnamese stir-fry with Telegraph Travel
Sir David Tang delivered the 2015 Ken Hom Lecture at the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University. The event hosted by Ken on 24th November was a huge success.
A special “Dinner with the Stars” was held on 16 September at the Copacabana Palace hotel.
Charity dinner with the six Michelin star chefs of Rio de Janeiro. All the chefs with Andrea Natal, the General Manager of the Copacabana Palace Hotel together with Pierre Olivier Petit, the Executive Chef. An amazing evening of food, wine and friendship among chefs!
Ken serves up his stir-fried life story with the China Daily UK
Tea and Talk with Ken Hom and the HK Tatler – ‘The world-renowned Chinese chef shares his journey of becoming the most recognised chef of his trade and his food obsessions’
Chinese Financial Times article about Chinese food & restaurants in Europe
‘There’s no place like Hom’ article in Surrey Magazine
Ken appeared in “Back In Time For Dinner” on the 7th April 2015. A BBC2 series starting in which one British family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure to discover how a post-war revolution in the food we eat has transformed the way we live.
Ken Hom’s British home from home – Interview with the Daily Mail
New article on Chinese site qq.com about Ken
My favourite photograph – Interview with Ken and the Sunday Express magazine
Why I laugh in the face of stress – Interview with Ken and the Daily Express
Appointed GREAT ambassador by Prime Minister David Cameron for work promoting the United Kingdom.
The GREAT Britain campaign is the UK Government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever. It showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK. For more information on the GREAT campaign visit www.greatbritaincampaign.com
MandCreport.com (subscription only so you can only see the headlines)
Read the reviews of the Exhibition ‘Sour, sweet, bitter and spicy’ at the Museum of Chinese in America:
The New York Times – A Banquet of Chinese Experience
China Daily – Museum celebrates Chinese food – in ceramic
SinoVision.net video review (Chinese)
SinoVision.net video review (English)
Food.mic – Chicken soup for the conflicted Chinese-American soul
Gotham Center for New York City History – Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America
Cool Hunting – Storytelling by way of cooking Chinese food
The World Journey (Chinese)
My Stir-Fried Life