May 16, 2015
Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef Students Debut in Professional Cooking Competition
Student winners of Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef project in the China Beijing City Middle Vocational School Professional Cooking Competition.
On 16 May, the 2015 Beijing City Middle Vocational School Professional Cooking Competition was held by Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences, Beijing Society of Vocational and Technical Education, at the venue of its host - Beijing Jingsong Vocational High School. Among the 82 students from various participating schools in Beijing, 6 students sponsored by the "Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef" project represented Beijing Jingsong Vocational High School - Chinese Cuisine Discipline in the contest and won prizes in Chinese hot dish, Chinese noodle and dim sum, and cold cut platter and food-carving.
Growing up in an impoverished and divorced family in Gansu, Wang Juanjuan left home for work upon middle school graduation. In 2013, she was admitted into the Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef programme and studied in a vocational high school in Beijing for formal Chinese cuisine training. She made tremendous efforts in the past two years of professional training, and her excellent skills won her the Class 1 Prize in noodles and dim sum with her masterpieces "bun with folds", "handmade noodles" and "snow man cake with cream".
In 2013, Tian Guichang from Guizhou also received sponsorship from Lee Kum Kee to study cooking in Beijing. He never forgot his parents' words - "Learn well and live up to the expectations of your school and Lee Kum Kee". He won the competition with three hot dishes - "Bean sprout and shredded chicken", "Crab meat and smashed fish with Chinese toon sauce" and "Shizitou minced meat & Crispy deep-fried apple".
The 21-year-old Wang Hailong became second runner-up in cold cut platter and food-carving group. This young man from Jiangxi already showed great interest in Chinese cooking before being admitted to Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef project. Wang joined the Cold Dish Carving Club immediately after school started. He has now become the chairman of Cold Dish Carving Club, as well as a "Club Mentor" to guide junior students and students of other disciplines on food carving.
Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman Mr. Charlie Lee expressed, "I'm very pleased to see that the Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef students have mastered the cooking skills and gained achievements in competitions. The Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef project offers scholarships to young people with financial difficulties so that they can acquire practical cooking skills, in order to lead their families out of poverty by themselves."
Lee Kum Kee organised the Hope as Chef charity programme to sponsor aspiring youths with financial restrains to realise their dreams to study cooking and nurture future talents for the development of the Chinese cuisine industry. The 2015 Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef project enrollment was officially started earlier, for details please visit the website of Lee Kum Kee at china-kitchen.lkk.com. In addition, Lee Kum Kee sponsored the sauces for the Middle Vocational School Professional Cooking Competition this year in support of the development of vocational education.
Sun Zhuo from Heilongjiang in Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef project won Class 2 Prize in noodle and dim sum with his "Sea lion cake" and "Bun with folds".
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