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Ching-He Huang

Chinese: 黃瀞億; pinyin: Huáng Jìngyì

(1978-04-08) 8 April 1978 (age 45)
EducationQueen Mary University of London,
Bocconi Business School
SpouseJamie Cho
Culinary career
Cooking styleChinese cuisine,
British Chinese cuisine

Ching-He Huang[1] MBE (Chinese: 黃瀞億; pinyin: Huáng Jìngyì; Wade–Giles: Huang2 Ching4-i4; (born 8 April 1978), often known in English-language merely as Ching, is a Taiwanese-born British food writer and TV chef. She has appeared in a variety of television cooking programmes, and is the author of nine best-selling cookbooks. Ching is recognized as a foodie entrepreneur, having created her own food businesses. She has become known for Chinese cookery internationally through her TV programmes, books, noodle range, tableware range, and involvement in many campaigns and causes.[2][ISBN missing]

Early life

Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Ching spent most of her early childhood (up to age six) in South Africa, before her parents moved to London, England, when she was 11 years old.[1][3] Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London, England,[1] and Bocconi Business School in Milan, Italy,[1] Ching graduated with a first class economics degree[4][5] and set up her own food businesses, Fuge Foods,[1] which was dissolved in 2014 with final abbreviated accounts for the year ended 30 June 2008.[citation needed]

Broadcasting career

Ching is known for her appearances on various cookery programmes, including ITV's Saturday Cooks and Daily Cooks,[1] and UKTV's Great Food Live.[citation needed]. She is a regular guest on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen[1] hosted by Matt Tebbutt (and previously hosted by James Martin). Ching has also hosted Saturday Kitchen in 2016. She makes regular guest appearances on ITV's This Morning and Lorraine. She has also appeared on Food and Drink hosted by Tom Kerridge, ITV's John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen, Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, CBBC's The Munch Box, BBC's Christmas Kitchen and Spring Kitchen, Channel 4's Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, UK Food's Market Kitchen, as well as guest appearances on Ready Steady Cook and Cooking the Books. Ching has cooked live for Melanie Sykes on Grand Designs Live. She appeared as an occasional guest on Sky Television food show Taste, hosted by Beverley Turner.[citation needed]

In the US, Ching is a regular guest on the NBC's The Today Show, as well as a guest on The Rachael Ray Show on CBS.[citation needed] She has been a judge on Iron Chef America on the Food Network primetime.[citation needed] She has also been a guest judge on Poland's Top Chef.[citation needed]

Ching has hosted eleven international television programmes, her first being Ching's Kitchen, which was originally shown on UKTV Food in 2006.[1]

In 2008, Ching hosted the thirteen part series Chinese Food Made Easy for BBC Two.[citation needed] This television series was subsequently licensed into The Cooking Channel (USA), New Zealand, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Australia, and Belgium, and was also allocated to the BBC's Lifestyle channel for all its Asian feeds, including China, Hong Kong SAR, Republic of China, Singapore, and Korea.[6]

In 2010, Ching hosted a new thirteen part cookery series on Five. The series Chinese Food in Minutes was based on her book 'Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes', published by HarperCollins in September 2009. It included a branded microsite, with video, recipes, episode guides, and competitions, plus additional exclusive content websites.[7]

In 2011, her thirteen-episode series Easy Chinese San Francisco by Ching He Huang debuted on the Cooking Channel.[citation needed]

Ching returned to BBC Two in 2012 for Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure, which showed her travelling and exploring China's culinary culture with Cantonese chef, Ken Hom. There is an accompanying book to the series. Ching has described this as her most enjoyable television production.[8][ISBN missing]

Ching has hosted other television shows and series including Easy Chinese: New York and LA (2012) Easy Chinese: New Year Special San Francisco(2013), Restaurant Redemption (2013 and 2014),[9] The Big Eat, for the Food Network UK (2015) and Ching's Amazing Asia (2015).

Ching-He Huang was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to the culinary arts.[10]


Ching-He Huang launched Click & Cook, an online video recipe library, offering exclusive step-by-step nutritious Chinese fusion recipes for people to cook themselves at home.[when?][citation needed]

In 2006, she published her first recipe book, China Modern: 100 cutting-edge, fusion-style recipes for the 21st century (pub: Kyle Cathie), which contained a variety of Chinese influenced recipes.[1]

In 2008, she published a second recipe book to accompany a six-part peak time television series Chinese Food Made Easy,[11] commissioned and shown by BBC Two and BBC HD.[12] Chinese Food Made Easy aired in June 2008, and was an instant success, attracting millions of viewers.[13] Her book, also called Chinese Food Made Easy,[14] was published alongside the series, and was a number one best-seller for six weeks.

Chings's third book, Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes, was published on 3 September 2009.[15]

In 2011, Ching's Fast Food (UK edition), and the US version Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese were released featuring her most memorable childhood experiences, intertwined with Chinese superstition, etiquette, and original suggestions for exciting variations on classic recipes.

In 2012, Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure was published. The book accompanied the BBC TV series, following Ching and 'godfather' of Cantonese cooking, Ken Hom, as they travelled and explored China's culinary culture.

In March 2015, Ching released Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health for Harper Thorsons, promising simple, nutritious dishes that will detoxify and nourish your body.

In September 2017, Ching released Stir Crazy: 100 deliciously healthy wok recipes for Kyle Books. Promising simple, nutritious dishes, it won best UK Chinese Cookery Book at the Gourmand Awards 2018.[citation needed]

In September 2019, Ching released Wok On: deliciously balanced Asian meals in 30 minutes or less for Kyle Books, containing delicious balanced Asian meals in 30 minutes or less. Again winning best UK Chinese Cookery book at the Gourmand Awards 2020.[citation needed]

In January 2021, Ching is due to release her tenth book, Asian Green for Kyle Books. The book contains everyday plant-based recipes inspired from across Asia to create delicious simple, healthy, vegan dishes that everyone can enjoy.

Other writing

Ching has also written for several food magazines; such as Olive,[1][16] and Delicious.[1][17] Her magazine contributions include a red carpet report from the Emmy's for Grazia, BBC Good Food,[1] Women's Health, BA Highlife, Jamie, OK!, Hello!, Sainsbury’s, Stella at The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun TV, Metropolitan Global Times, Chinese Weekly, Vegetarian Living, Which?, Healthy Living Magazine, and The Mayfair Times.[citation needed]


Personal life

Ching-He Huang lives with her husband, actor Jamie Cho, in Surrey.[28]

Published works


  1. China Modern: 100 cutting-edge, fusion-style recipes for the 21st century. London: Kyle Cathie. 2006. ISBN 978-1-85626-673-4.
  2. Chinese Food Made Easy: 100 simple, healthy recipes from easy-to-find ingredients. London: HarperCollins. 2008. ISBN 978-0-00-726498-8. OCLC 851769953.
  3. Ching's Chinese Food in Minutes. HarperCollins. 2009. ISBN 978-0-00-726500-8.
  4. Ching's Chinese Food Made Easy (paperback). HarperCollins. April 2011. ISBN 978-0-00-726499-5.
  5. Ching's Fast Food: 110 quick and healthy Chinese favourites. HarperCollins. April 2011. ISBN 978-0-00-742627-0. OCLC 879330911.
  6. Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese: more than 100 quick & healthy Chinese recipes. New York: William Morrow Cookbooks. 4 October 2011. ISBN 978-0-06-207749-3.
  7. Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure. London. BBC Books. 7 Jun 2012. ISBN 978-1-84990-498-8. OCLC 779245900
  8. Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health: a revolutionary East-West approach to eating well. London: Harper Thorsons. 26 March 2015. ISBN 978-0-00-742629-4. OCLC 920666891.
  9. Stir Crazy: 100 deliciously healthy wok recipes. London: Kyle Books. 11 September 2017. ISBN 978-0857834263.
  10. Wok On: deliciously balanced Asian meals in 30 minutes or less. London: Kyle Books. 26 September 2019. ISBN 978-0857836335. OCLC 1083579987.
  11. Asian Green. London: Kyle Books. 21 January 2021. ISBN 978-0857836342. OCLC 1140724414.
  12. Wok for Less: Budget-Friendly Asian Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. London: Kyle Books. 4 January 2024. ISBN 978-1804191590.


  1. The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics (e-book). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 2014. ISBN 9780470655344. OCLC 905563884.


  1. Chinese Food in Minutes (2 videodiscs). Australia: Direct Holdings / Time Life. 2010. OCLC 727838421.
  2. Exploring China: a culinary adventure (DVD). Australia: Madman. 2013. ISBN 9322225190467. OCLC 908172824.((cite AV media)): CS1 maint: ignored ISBN errors (link)

See also


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  2. ^ Stenning, Paul (2013). Success – By Those Who've Made It. p. 138.
  3. ^ "Ching-He Huang bio". Cooking Channel. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ "About Ching". Ching-He Huang. Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Good Food Channel". Good Food ChannelUKTV. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Chinese Food Made Easy". Lion Television Production Information. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Five gets saucy with Ching". The Book Seller. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Stenning, Paul (2013). Success – By Those Who've Made It. p. 144.
  9. ^ "Restaurant Redemption". Cooking Channel. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. ^ a b "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B19.
  11. ^ "Official Harper Collins UK website". HarperCollins UK. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ jesscarey1981 (26 June 2008). Chinese Food Made Easy. Archived from the original on 14 December 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2019 – via YouTube.((cite AV media)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Interviews: Ching-He Huang. Radio 86.
  14. ^ "Chinese Food Made Easy by Ching-He Huang – review". Mostly Food and Travel Journal. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Harper Collins UK website". HarperCollins UK. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "Olive – Meal of fortune". iVillage UK. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Ching He Huang". Delicious Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Gourmand International". CookBook Fair. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards" (PDF). CookBook Fair. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  20. ^ "Award Recipients | NAMIC Vision Awards". NAMIC Vision Awards. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Guild of Food Writers Awards". Guild of Food Writers Awards. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  22. ^ "2013 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations announced". Eater. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  23. ^ "UK restaurant industry wins big at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards". Big Hospitality UK. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Gourmand World Cookbook National Awards 2017". Guild of Food Writers Awards. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  25. ^ "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020: National Winners". Guild of Food Writers Awards. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  26. ^ "Al Roker and celebrity chefs cook up record breaking Rokerthon to provide hunger relief". Guinness World Records. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Ruth Rogers, Mary Berry, and Ching-He Huang recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list". Big Hospitality UK. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Be a wok star". Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010.