Elizabeth Chong was born in the small provincial town on the outskirts of Guangzhow, formerly Canton, China and came to Australia at the age of three.
Today Elizabeth is regarded as Australia’s leading teacher of Chinese cuisine and is one of the most loved and enduring personalities of the Australian Food Industry scene. She remains active and influential as an authority and Consultant in the special area of Asian cuisine.
Elizabeth is admired by her peers, restauranteurs and food writers alike. In Melbourne’s Chinatown, she is respectfully and affectionately known as “The Empress of Chinatown.” With boundless energy, Elizabeth embraces the many aspects of food both in Australia and overseas. Her numerous books, publications and articles can be found in thousands of homes everywhere. In 1994, her book, “The Heritage of Chinese Cooking” was awarded the prestigious “Prix La Mazille” as “International Cookbook of the Year.”
Elizabeth is a Celebrity Chef in Channel 10’s “Good Morning Australia” cooking segment with host, Bert Newton. She appears nationally in that capacity every week and has a strong following. It is not uncommon to hear Elizabeth on radio where she often appears as special guest.
Despite her busy schedule, her business interests include marketing Elizabeth Chong quality kitchenware and accessories and her famous Wokset. She also conducts regular tours of the Chinatown precinct in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, as well as running a highly successful Cooking School. Since 1961, Elizabeth has taught over 35,000 Australian students the art of preparing Chinese cuisine. And if this is not enough, she leads culinary tours into Asia and has her own Gourmet Club which explores new adventures in Asian cuisine around Melbourne.
Many awards have been bestowed upon Elizabeth. They include the designation “Special Legend” citation by the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, a Best Television Segment award from the organisers of Tasting Australia, nominated Australian Ambassador for Hong Kong and most recently a Jaguar Award recipient for Excellence from Gourmet Traveller.
Elizabeth is proudly Australian, yet maintains strong links with her Chinese heritage and cultural background. She is a marvellous spokesperson for Multi-culturalism in this country and is firmly committed to building bridges between the two worlds in which she belongs.
Her latest venture is an exciting Cooking and Travel Television Series which was filmed in Australia and China. The series is called “Elizabeth Chong’s Tiny Delights.” A companion Cookbook of the same name was launched in October 2002 and is available in all good bookstores throughout Australia.