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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Cheong Liew

c. 1999
Kate Gollings

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 60.7 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 50.4 cm x 40.4 cm)

Cheong Liew - whom the US magazine Food and Wine recently named one of the ten "hottest chefs alive" - learnt the basics of cooking in his native Malaysia, in the Kuala Lumpur kitchen of his grandmother. He came to Australia in 1969, working in a string of Melbourne pubs and cafés before settling in Adelaide. At the steakhouse Moos he turned heads with his use of Asian vegetables - then a novelty to Australian diners. He opened his own restaurant, Neddy's, in 1975, and continued to revolutionise the Adelaide scene. From 1995 to the present he has been consultant chef at The Grange at Adelaide's Hilton Hotel. It was at The Grange that he created his signature dish - "Four Dancers of the Sea", which features four varieties of seafood cooked in four distinct national styles. South Australia's best-known chef, Cheong Liew holds an Order of Australia Medal for 'developing and influencing the style of contemporary Australian cuisine.'

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004
© Estate of Kate Gollings

Artist and subject

Kate Gollings (age 56 in 1999)

Cheong Liew

Subject professions

Food and cooking

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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