September 21, 2018

International Champion Emerges at Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018

Corporate, Hong Kong

Mr. Charlie Lee, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman, judges and winning contestants posed for a group photo

Mr. Charlie Lee, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman, judges and winning contestants posed for a group photo

“Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018” (LKKIYCCCC 2018) was held successfully with all the winners announced last night! Joung Duck Su (Korea), with his winning dish "130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs", ingeniously matched the ingredients with Lee Kum Kee sauces and condiments, standing out from the 42 participating young chefs to win the "Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award". A grand Award Presentation Dinner was held last night, well attended by nearly 350 guests from Chinese culinary associations, and industry elites from all over the world to witness the birth of the winners. During the dinner, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman Mr. Charlie Lee announced that the Company was launching the establishment of "Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef Charitable Foundation", with the aim of lifting the Group's key corporate social responsibility programme "Hope as Chef" to a new stratum, supporting more aspiring young people from around the world to receive professional Chinese culinary training and inherit the Chinese culinary culture.

Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman Mr. Charlie Lee said, “LKKIYCCCC is at its third edition this year, and has received immense support from industry partners, as well as young talents from 17 countries and regions around the world, fully embodying this year’s theme of ‘Excel on Traditions Converging Global Culinary Talents’. With our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility, today we officially apply to establish ‘Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef Charitable Foundation’, symbolising that the project will chart new grounds by helping more young people to master their skills for employment, achieve their career aspirations and promote the sustainable development of the Chinese culinary industry.”

Mr. Francis Chan, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group stressed, "Having a 130 years’ history, Lee Kum Kee always makes strides with times. Young chefs also need to innovate and ‘excel beyond traditions’. We are very pleased to see that the contestants have honed their skills and emerged through the mold with creativity to lift Chinese cuisines to new heights. We would like to express our gratitude for the leadership of the World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry, and the support by 22 Chinese culinary associations and industry partners. Congratulations to all the winners! I hope all will continue in your efforts to develop your culinary skills for the purpose of promoting Chinese cuisines worldwide."

Speaking on behalf of the panel of seven distinguished judges, Chef Li Yao Yun, said, "This year's contest is based on the theme of ‘Excel on Traditions Converging Global Culinary Talents’, with participants harnessing their creativity and culinary skills to create sumptuous and delectable dishes. Making our judgement is challenging indeed. We look forward to seeing our young chefs continue to break through boundaries, to create more delicacies in the future with the application of Lee Kum Kee sauces, thus carrying forth the Chinese culinary culture to the future."

Madam Shang Haling, Secretary General of the World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry (WFCCI) was pleased with the resounding success of the contest, and expressed, “I am truly impressed by the rich array of extraordinary cuisines in this year’s contest. These exquisite dishes clearly demonstrate how the Chinese culinary culture makes strides in all directions and highlight its latest trends. Indeed, LKKIYCCCC has become a high-standard global contest.”

Joung Duck Su (Korea), the winner of this year's “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award”, said, "I am very honoured to be the champion of LKKIYCCCC 2018, and am most grateful to the judging panel for their recognition. I have gained fruitful experience by taking this opportunity to hone my culinary skills and exchange with counterparts from around the world, utilising Lee Kum Kee sauces to create new dishes. Moving forward, we as young chefs will continue to strive hard and showcase the Chinese culinary culture to the rest of the world."

In addition to this year's new "Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award", three gold, five silver and 33 bronze awards were also presented at the ceremony. Futhermore, this year’s "Most Creative Award" also went to the champion Joung Duck Su (Korea) with his winning dish "130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs"; Yip Ming Wai (Hong Kong) won the “Best Sauce Combination Award” with "Yummy Prawn with Sweetie and Spicy"; and “The Tales of Bamboo Princess” by Hikita Shoichiro (Japan) won the "Best Presentation Award ". Awards are granted to the winners to recognise their remarkable performance in the multifarious culinary areas. 

Drawing from years of experience, Chef Li Yao Yun (centre), China Master Chef representing the judging panel shared his insights on this year’s contest

Drawing from years of experience, Chef Li Yao Yun (centre), China Master Chef representing the judging panel shared his insights on this year’s contest

Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman Mr. Charlie Lee (centre) announced the Company was launching the establishment of "Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef Charitable Foundation", striving for supporting more aspiring young people from around the world to receive professional Chinese culinary training and inherit the Chinese culinary culture

Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman Mr. Charlie Lee (centre) announced the Company was launching the establishment of "Lee Kum Kee Hope as Chef Charitable Foundation", striving for supporting more aspiring young people from around the world to receive professional Chinese culinary training and inherit the Chinese culinary culture

Mr. Charlie Lee, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman (centre), presented the prizes to Joung Duck Su (Korea), champion and winner of the “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” (first from right), and the three Gold Award winners Yip Gian Ding (Malaysia) (second from left), Yuan Jian Hua (China) (first from left) and Hikita Shoichiro (Japan) (first from right) 

Mr. Charlie Lee, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Chairman (centre), presented the prizes to Joung Duck Su (Korea), champion and winner of the “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” (first from right), and the three Gold Award winners Yip Gian Ding (Malaysia) (second from left), Yuan Jian Hua (China) (first from left) and Hikita Shoichiro (Japan) (second from right)

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

Winner of “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Best Heritage Tasting Award” and “Most Creative Award” Joung Duck Su (Korea), with the winning dish “130th Anniversary Wealthy Meatballs” at “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018”

 “Best Presentation Award” went to Hikata Shoichiro (Japan) with the winning dish “The Tales of Bamboo Princess”

 “Best Presentation Award” went to Hikata Shoichiro (Japan) with the winning dish “The Tales of Bamboo Princess”

“Best Presentation Award” went to Hikata Shoichiro (Japan) with the winning dish “The Tales of Bamboo Princess”