- William Poon
William Poon, is a one of the top matercehef [ [http://web.xwwb.com/wbnews.php?db=2&thisid=70141 Shanghai Masterchef Conference] , "News Times, China", Sep 2006] in the UK, and launched the Poons restaurant chain in
The restaurant chain, first opened in the 60's [ [http://www.menumagazine.co.uk/book/restauranthistory.html UK Restaurant History] , "Menu Magazine," 2006.] , consisted of 5 branches at its peak, each branch with its own speciality and run by different family members. It was acclaimed for its authentic Cantonese Menu and was famous for the Chinese wind-dry sausages (臘腸) and wind-dry
ducks. [ [http://www.londonlostandfound.com/response/interview7.htm Memories of Wind-Dried Duck by the Barefoot Doctor] , "Londonlostandfound.com", 2005.] It was also one of the first Chinese restaurantin London Chinatown to introduce Clay Pot Rice (煲仔飯).
William Poonpersonally ran the kitchen in Covent Garden(one Michelin star 1979-80) before it moved to Poons in the City in 1992. The restaurant in the city was modelled on the design of Hong Kong's Luk Yew Tree Houseand had a 80-seat fast food section [ [http://www.sidestep.com/travel-restaurant-g5139222-poons_in_the_city_london_united_kingdom Review of Poons in the City] , "Sidestep.com" 2000] . Poons have been patronised by celebrities such as Frank Sinatraand many theatre stars among the Covent Gardentheatres. [ [http://www.thepearlawards.org.uk/html/2006_finalists_07.htm Poon's Profile] , Pearl Award, 2006.]
Poon is now officially retired and all the chain restaurants are closed, [ [http://www.london-rip.com/poonspast87.html Poons' Past] , "London-RIP.com", 2005.] [ [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/1763.htm Past Customers' Comments] , "London-Eating.co.uk", 2005.] but his wind-dry products are still widely available in UK supermarkets.
Poon continues to work in support of community projects and is currently the Chair of
Euro-Chinese Literature Association( 歐華文聯). [ [http://past.people.com.cn/BIG5/guoji/209/3983/4037/4082/20021109/862281.html Meeting of UK Chinese at the opening of the 16th National Meeting of the Communist Party in China] , "People.com," November 2002.] [ [http://www.gmw.cn/01gmrb/2000-02/28/GB/02%5e18344%5e0%5eGMB4-217.htm Poon's comment on Taiwan] , "Guang Ming Daily China", 2000] , and the Permanent President of Shunde UK Association. [ [http://hk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A8tU33B.sMxGojUB67Szygt.;_ylu=X3oDMTE3djhxZDc0BGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANoazAxMDJfMw--/SIG=129v60np1/EXP=1187906046/**http%3A//www.sdwsqw.gov.cn/big5/dt/dt_hw_01.asp%3Fid=34 Annual Meeting Report of Shunde Association in the UK] , "Shunde Local Government Website", 2005.] Poon also helps with promoting Chinese cooking standard in the UK and has been on the judging panels for the Chinese Masterchef[ [http://www.westminster.gov.uk/councilgovernmentanddemocracy/councils/pressoffice/news/pr-3189.cfm Chinese Masterchef Competition] , "Westminster Council", May 2006] competition organised by Westminster City Council[ [http://www.westking.ac.uk/news/ChineseMasterchef.asp Chinese MasterChef] , "Westminster Kingsway College," May 2006.] . Poon was one of the finalist for the Promotion of Excellence in Chinese Cuisine at the Pearl Awardin 2006.
* [http://www.thepearlawards.org.uk/images/finalists/2006/billpoon_lg.jpgMaster Chef William Poon at Poons in the City]
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