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Elizabeth Chong
, 2000

by Jaime Murcia

type C photograph

For many years Elizabeth Chong has shared her love of Chinese cuisine with Australian audiences. At her cooking school in Melbourne (established in 1961), through her television shows and her cookbooks she continues to be an influential advocate of traditional Chinese food. "This is good for the eyesight; that for prosperity. Chinese tradition explains every ingredient." Chong comments that her family also influenced Australian taste at another level. Her father, William Wing Young - who established Wing Lee's restaurant in Melbourne's Chinatown in 1945 - was the creator of the dim sim. "He chose the thick skin for ease of transport; he used to deliver them in his Chevy to the football … before long his factory was producing thousands for sale throughout Australia."

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
Accession number: 2005.70