Dinner and conversation with Gok Wan MBE and Ken Hom CBE
Tuesday, April 18 2023, 6.30pm - 11pm, at Din Tai Fung, Centre Point, 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP
Join us for dinner and conversation with two of our best loved national treasures, chef, broadcaster and author Ken Hom CBE and tv presenter, author and DJ Gok Wan MBE.
£150 pp, to include cocktail and canapés reception, and a spectacular Chinese feast with wine.
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The event is being held in support of the Golden Chopsticks Scholarship, offered by the Oxford Cultural Collective, which will provide transformative learning for young people who are building their careers in the UK’s Asian restaurant sector.
From Ken Hom: “This is set to be a very special, memorable evening. We’ll be sharing stories and enjoying excellent food and wine together in a beautiful location. It’s definitely not one to be missed.
You’ll be joining Gok and me to launch the Golden Chopsticks Scholarship from the Oxford Cultural Collective. This is your opportunity to support young people who are working in fabulous Asian restaurants across the UK, who are often overlooked when it comes to mainstream education and training.”
Din Tai Fung, Centre Point
Set at the base of Centre Point (the most recognisable landmark in London’s West End), Din Tai Fung is a stunning venue for our dinner with Ken Hom and Gok Wan. The company’s newest location represents a marriage of an iconic location with a brand history spanning over 60 years.
Our Chinese feast will feature Din Tai Fung’s renowned Xia Long Bao – the pinnacle of culinary craftsmanship – individual dumplings that are delicately rolled and meticulously prepared with exactly 18 folds.
The restaurant group, which has won many awards and enjoys an international celebrity following, received a boost back in 1993, when Ken Hom wrote an article in the New York Times, in which he praised them as one of his favourite places to eat. A copy of that article is still displayed at the entrance to every branch of Din Tai Fung.
Ken Hom CBE
Ken Hom CBE is the man who showed the British how to cook Asian food. A leading authority on Chinese cuisine, he is one of the most the world’s most respected and celebrated TV chefs.
Ken has presented 5 hugely successful television series and published nearly 40 books, including his autobiography , My Stir Fried Life
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Ken Hom Wok, the iconic piece of cookware which epitomises Ken’s style of cooking. It has now sold 8 million units in 70 countries, of which nearly 5.5 million in the UK.
He was the chef proprietor of the 92-seat MEE restaurant, located within the Belmond’s Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was the city’s first luxury pan-Asian restaurant, awarded with one Michelin star in 2015, less than 12 months after opening.
In 2009 he was awarded with an honorary OBE for ‘services to culinary arts’ and in 2022 he received a CBE for ‘services to charity, culinary arts and education’. He is a Patron of the Oxford Cultural Collective.
Gok Wan MBE
Gok is a multi-award-winning UK television presenter, designer, stylist, and author. He is best known for his award winning, internationally acclaimed TV show, How To Look Good Naked. Over the last decade Gok has presented multiple TV shows and documentaries about fashion, food and lifestyle, making him a unique, experienced and versatile TV presenter.
His on screen triumphs led to six book deals, including his autobiography Through Thick and Thin, as well as the accompaniment to Gok Cooks Chinese. It is Gok’s style credentials combined with his ability to appeal to a broad audience that have made him a popular choice with brands looking to collaborate with him/ securing his professional endorsement as an ambassador (which amongst others have included Sainsburys, Activia, Vodafone, Boots, Specsavers and Dove).
He was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to fashion and social awareness.
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