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Applications open for Ken Hom – Lee Kum Kee Scholarship 2020


Win an all-expenses paid educational trip to an Asian city accompanied by a dedicated host.

(Note – applications for the Ken Hom – Lee Kum Kee Scholarship 2021 will open in December 2020.  Information to follow.)

The Oxford Cultural Collective is pleased to announce that applications are now open for The Ken Hom – Lee Kum Kee Scholarship 2020. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2020.

The Scholarship reflects Ken Hom’s commitment to higher education, his belief that students should have a voice on important issues facing the hospitality industry and his dedication to promoting better understanding of Asia’s food culture. The scholarship is generously supported by Lee Kum Kee, the world’s leader in authentic Chinese sauces, which is devoted to building talent within Chinese food service in the EU.

Much of Ken’s career has been focused on education, in the broadest sense. He began his professional life in food by giving cooking lessons at home whilst he was a student in San Francisco. As the author of thirty eight books and presenter of five successful television series, he is the man who taught the British how to cook oriental food. On his reasons for establishing the scholarship, Ken commented: “I continue to see myself, first and foremost, as a teacher. This new initiative enables me to support the next generation of food, drink and hospitality professionals. I want to encourage them to adopt a truly international perspective, to be open to new ways of viewing the world and, of course, to engage with Asian nations.”

With over 131 years of history, and a range of authentic and classic Chinese sauces, Lee Kum Kee has a cult following in the foodservice industry. Unsurprisingly, it is the brand of choice for Michelin star Chinese chefs, as well as being gradually adopted in kitchens of many British, European, and Asian restaurants in Europe and around the world. Their multi-usage products lend themselves well to an array of cuisines, offering chefs in mainstream restaurants an opportunity to add character and depth of flavour from everything from salad dressings to marinades and dipping sauces. Maria Chong, Managing Director at Lee Kum Kee Europe comments, “here at Lee Kum Kee we are passionate advocates of inspiring talent in the industry and equipping chefs with the skills and product needed for success, so there is some great synergy working with Oxford Cultural Collective and Ken Hom on this initiative.”

The scholarship is open to students of any nationality who are enrolled on higher education degree programmes (bachelors or masters) in hospitality or culinary arts (or related fields) in any European-based educational institutions.


Applicants are required to submit a concise consultancy report on the topic:

‘The Asian restaurant sector, which forms an important part of the hospitality industry in many European nations, faces particular challenges attracting, recruiting and retaining appropriately skilled employees.

Identify and justify creative solutions to the skills shortage faced by Chinese and South-East Asian restaurants in one European nation’.  (refer to guidelines for applicants, submission criteria and rules of entry).

Up to four winning students will be hosted by Lee Kum Kee on an immersive, cultural and business-focused educational trip to an Asian city accompanied by a dedicated host.  They will receive behind the scene access to leading food businesses and will experience local hospitality. All expenses will be covered, including flights and hotel accommodation, and each student will receive £500 spending money.

Follow this link for guidelines for applicants, submission criteria and rules of entry.


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