Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Give Me Your Chefs

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

…and your chefs.

A mere ten years after it was first proposed, Liuzhou has this month arranged for a local chef to make an “exchange” visit to its twin city of Cincinnati – or, rather, Cincinnati has managed to find a restaurant willing to accept him,

Executive chef of Liuzhou’s Jingdu Hotel, “Andy” Huang has arrived in the so-called Queen City as the guest of the owners of Cincinnati’s Oriental Wok restaurant, Guy Burgess* and Susanna Wong. A program of cheffy activities has been arranged.

Mr. Huang has been in the catering/cheffing business for 32 years and now leads the hotel’s catering side.

“Andy Huang (R) with Oriental Wok co-owner, Guy Burgess”

Cincinnati’s local news media describe the hotel as “including Chinese fine dining and a high-end international buffet”. Having eaten in all its restaurants I can happily confirm it is far from fine dining. The Chinese restaurants, like all hotel restaurants, mainly provide mass catering for wedding parties and the “high-end international buffet” wouldn’t rate a second glance anywhere but China.

Twenty years ago, the Jingdu was the hotel of choice for foreigners visiting or working short-term in the city. I knew one couple who lived there for a couple of years. But it has long been eclipsed by the international hotels sprouting up all over town such as the Radisson and the Ramada.

Still, it will be  a refreshing change to have a chef in Liuzhou who has actually seen western food rather than just copying dishes by sight from photographs.

The Cincinnati-Liuzhou Sister City relationship was set up in 1988 and has conducted various “exchange” visits, mainly for Chinese teachers of English to spend time in an English speaking environment. Around 75 teachers from Liuzhou have taken part over the years. The association has also had “exchanges” with parks, tree planting activities and with Liuzhou library.

I have put “exchange” in inverted commas throughout because the “exchanges” are overwhelmingly one-way.

* No relation to the British cold war spy of the same name – I hope.

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2 Responses to “Give Me Your Chefs”

  1. Robert Says:

    Is Cincinnati sending an American chef over here to work in the Jingdu Hotel?

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Highly unlikely, which is why I wrote “I have put “exchange” in inverted commas throughout because the “exchanges” are overwhelmingly one-way.”

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