I grew up in a conventional Taiwanese family – eldest of two children to a stonemason father and seamstress mother. Cooking was at the heart of everyday life, and mouthwatering meals were a way to bring family and friends together, using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients.
After a chance meeting with an Englishman, I followed my heart and moved to rural England in 1990, got married and started a family. Having experienced a traditional eastern childhood, life in the west was full of surprises!
Living two very different lives has given me a unique insight into both eastern and western culture. I always knew I wanted to preserve my Taiwanese heritage in the kitchen, and to inject it with western influences that made it accessible to everyone.
It soon became apparent that I have a flair for engaging audiences and teaching – and I’ve been lucky enough to develop my career as a chef, cultural educator, presenter and public speaker as a result.