Chinese Top Chefs “modesty is a virtue”

For Chinese Top Chef’s “modesty is a virtue”, this is a high-minded and  a traditional behavior in Chinese societies. Celebrities Chefs who gained fame in the West through cooking tv shows are Ken Hom, Martin Yan, Kylie Kwong and Ching He Huang. And let’s not forget the productive and outstanding Chinese cookbook author; Deh Ta Hsiung just to name a few. But when readers are asked to name present Chinese Top Chefs in China, or a Chinese Top Chef nearby not much is known initially. With the aid of foodies culture, international awards and worldwide acknowledgements of International famous peers, public awareness is growing.

A wind of change is cooking up a storm of transformation with new Top Chinese Chefs gaining recognition and they are turning heads with creativity, combination of East meets West, high skills and innovation. In The Netherlands, The Hague well known Chef Han of Restaurant Hanting in BeiJing Chef Executive Chef Da Zhenxiang of famous Da Dong Restaurants two names and places on opposite sides of the globe.

“You cannot learn about Sichuan food in Beijing because it tastes different,” he says. “You have to go to Sichuan to taste the authentic food. This period was very tough because I only earned 19 kuai [a colloquial term for the yuan] each day and had to work hard to clean the kitchen, and buy presents for the sifu [master], hoping they would teach me something.”

While chefs such as Heston Blumenthal come to his restaurant to learn how to make Peking duck, Dong also spends time in other kitchens to pick up new skills and ideas. He spent a year learning French cooking techniques at the Maxim’s de Paris restaurant in Beijing.

In August, he went to Mongolia in search of wild mushrooms for new dishes. “The mushrooms naturally grow in circles in the grass, so I was inspired to also present them this way on the plate with flowers,” he says.” This article was first published in the South China Morning Post, to read more click on the linked article(s).

via Top Chinese chefs shun the spotlight | South China Morning Post.

Fortune Top 10 powerful businesswomen in China

Fortune magazine’s Chinese edition has named 25 Chinese women as the country’s most powerful businesswomen.

By pushing into new territories and inspiring women in their home countries, these globetrotters are, quite literally, taking on the world. These business leaders represent entrepreneurship, innovation, and sensible management. They have listed 25 names here are the top 10 businesswomen in China Fortune Top 10 powerful businesswomen in China

Gree Electric Appliances President Dong Mingzhu was ranked the most powerful woman in business in China, as shown on Fortune China’s list of the 25 most powerful Chinese businesswomen, released on November 14, 2014.

Worth to mention among the nominees this year, is Zhang and her husband, Pan Shiyi, on behalf of SOHO China, donated U.S. $15 million to Harvard University and U.S. $10 million to Yale University to help establish scholarship programs. SOHO China plans to donate U.S. $75 million more to prestigious overseas schools, all to help China’s disadvantaged undergraduate students study at world-class universities. More details on All-China Women’s Federation or for full list Fortune in China article 2014中国最具影响力的25位商界女性.

Front cover Fortune China

Front cover Fortune China article mentions Dutch Herna Verhagen, chief executive of postal company PostNL, she has been voted the most powerful woman in the Netherlands 2014 by feminist magazine Opzij. Each year Opzij magazine presents Top 100 list of most Powerful Women in the Netherlands (unfortunately no complete list overview was shared or available on print). Top businesswomen in ten different categories, grouped in a single list.

Former winners: FNV leader Agnes Jongerius 2009, Princess Beatrix – then Queen 2010, APG pension fund Anglien Kemna 2011, Secretary-General for External Affairs Renee Jones Forest 2012, Health Minister Edith Schippers 2013.

Herna Verhagen PostNL


China new economy innovation course

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In laboratories and startups across China, tinkerers with big dreams are pushing what many in the industry see as a potential new wave of Chinese innovation. They see smart gadgets—wearables and other devices that connect to the Internet or interact with users—as an opportunity to create a Chinese-designed product for a global audience. China is betting heavily on innovation as a way to help its economy develop beyond its traditional reliance on factories, exports and government spending. At a meeting of lawmakers in March, top Chinese economic planning officials called for development of a new generation of smart gadgets as part of a broader effort to emphasize cutting-edge technology. China has invested in areas to help that process, such as a pledge this year to spend 120 billion yuan (nearly $20 billion) over an unspecified period to build its nascent semiconductor industry. Read full article via Chinese Gadgets Signal New Era of Innovation – WSJ.