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My Stir-Fried Life: Chinese Tasting with Ken Hom

Sunday 2 April 2017

1 Hour


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World-renowned Chinese chef, food writer and broadcaster Ken Hom talks about his new memoir and offers guests some tastings of his favourite dishes.

Hom’s memoir, My Stir-Fried Life, was conceived two years ago when he was sat next to publisher Jeremy Robson at a dinner. Hom tells of a tough childhood in Chicago, the death of his father when he was just eight months old and being raised by his mother in poverty. Life changed when, at the age of 11, he got a job in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant. Hom now has his own range of cookware, and acts as a consultant for dozens of leading hotels and restaurants. His MEE restaurant in Rio de Janeiro recently became one of the first in South America to be awarded a Michelin star. 

Hom is author of dozens of books on Chinese and Asian cookery and has presented his own cookery shows on television. He was awarded the OBE for services to culinary arts in 2009.

Here he talks to Donald Sloan, chair of the Oxford Cultural Collective, a specialist centre for the study of food, drink and culture. He is also head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

The event takes place in Exeter College’s beautiful historic hall, built in 1618.  Among the famous figures who dined here as students were William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Pullman, Alan Bennett, Martin Amis and Richard Burton.