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Elizabeth Chong, 2000

Jaime Murcia

type C photograph on paper

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

Currently not on display

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Jaime Murcia (age 30 in 2000)

Elizabeth Chong

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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.