Very few people in the UK follow baseball, so Wang Chien-ming, Ni Fu-te and Taiwan's other exports to Major League Baseball in the US are completely unknown to the British public.
Which Taiwanese person, then, is best known to the people of the UK? Oscar-winning movie director Ang Lee is one candidate; his films have been box-office hits there. Another is Ching-He Huang, a young woman whose cooking shows on British TV have brought her considerable international success.
Huang's most recent series, “Chinese Food in Minutes,” was broadcast by Five, a terrestrial TV channel, between February and May this year. According to statistics compiled by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, each of the 13 episodes was watched by an average of around one million people.
The series was based on Huang’s cookbook of the same title, published by HarperCollins last September. That collection was preceded by “Chinese Food Made Easy” (released in 2008 to accompany a TV series of the same name) and "China Modern" (2006).
Huang did not plan to work in television. After obtaining a degree in economics from the University of London, she ran a catering company for a decade.
“It was during those early years that I got my opportunity to do TV cooking,” she says. While promoting a cold-noodle dish, she explains, a friend suggested she try getting on a food show. “I went for a screen test and really enjoyed it. It was a bit of fun and glamour and so different from a hot kitchen...
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