Ken Hom: Milestones

  • 1949
    Born of Chinese immigrant parents in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1960
    Work in his uncle’s restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown
  • 1970
    Moved to study in Berkeley, California
  • 1974
    First cookery classes
  • 1978
    Began teaching at the California Culinary Academy (a school for professional chefs in San Francisco)
  • 1981
    Two page profile in the New York Times
    First cookery book published by Simon & Schuster
  • 1983
    Commissioned by BBC-TV for major prime time series
  • 1984
    BBC-TV series launched to wide acclaim and first printing for the book is a record breaking 350,000 copies
  • 1986
    Ken Hom wok is launched
  • 1995
    Ken Hom’s Hot Wok BBC-TV series launched with another bestseller staying at No. 1 for twenty weeks
  • 1998
    Ken Hom’s Travels with a Hot wok BBC-TV series with another bestseller
  • 1999
    Ken Hom’s Easy Family Dishes: A Memoir with Recipes wins the Andre Simon Memorial Book of Year 1998 award
  • 2000
    Ken Hom’s Foolproof Chinese Cookery series is launched
  • 2006
    Ken Hom wok sales reaches over 6 million in over 60 countries worldwide
  • 2007
    Ken Hom awarded honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in recognition of his ‘outstanding success within the international food world’ – link to press release
  • 2009
    Ken Hom awarded with an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire) for "services to culinary arts" – link to press release