Agent: Juliet Pickering
Biography: Internationally acclaimed Chinese chef, food writer and television presenter. Ken learnt to cook from the age of eleven when he worked in his uncle’s Chinese restaurant in Chicago after school and at weekends. In those days he earned around the equivalent of 30p per hour!
In order to help pay his University fees he gave cooking lessons which proved so popular that he was recommended to the Culinary Academy. Ken is now regarded as the world’s leading authority on Chinese cookery and has cooked for many heads of state.
Author of TRAVELS WITH A HOT WOK (tie-in to six-part BBC TV series, 1998), KEN HOM'S CHINESE KITCHEN (Pavilion UK 1994, Hyperion USA 1994), KEN HOM'S HOT WOK (BBC Books 1996), in the bestseller lists for seven months, KEN HOM'S ASIAN PANTRY (Ten Speed Press, with two posters, 1996), FOOLPROOF THAI COOKERY (BBC Books, 2002, world rights) KEN HOM COOKS QUICK CHINESE (Headline, world rights, spring 2000), FOOLPROOF CHINESE COOKERY (BBC Books, 2000, world rights), TRUFFLES (with Pierre Jean Pebeyre (Falken Verlag, world rights).
Previous bestsellers include KEN HOM'S CHINESE COOKERY (also a TV series), QUICK AND EASY COOKING, EAST MEETS WEST, FRAGRANT HARBOUR COOKING and A TASTE OF CHINA (Pavilion, Simon & Schuster, Flammarion, Christian Verlag, Gruppo Editora Edison and Uitgeverij M&P), KEN HOM COOKS THAI (Headline, world rights, 1999). His woks, which are distributed internationally, have now sold over a million.