Lee Kum Kee Collaborates with Confucius Institute of UC Davis on Innovative Culinary Contest
2017/05/13
Lee Kum Kee Collaborates with Confucius Institute of UC Davis on Innovative Culinary Contest

The Confucius Institute of the University of California at Davis, the first Confucius Institute in the world focusing on Chinese food and beverage culture, hosted the second annual innovative culinary contest on May 13, 2017. This is the second time Lee Kum Kee collaborated with the institute to co-host the contest. Hundreds of teachers, students, and guests came to watch this splendid food feast. The judges were Ken Purtis, interim provost of UC Davis; Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of UC Davis; Eileen Corn, well-known food columnist and commentator; Elaine Thai, Lee Kum Kee USA Vice President of Marketing; and Fred Wang, Corporate Chef of Lee Kum Kee USA.

The contest is like a culinary Olympics, drawing contestants from a wide range of places, including the Americas, Middle East, and Asia. The contest’s focus was “use at least one Lee Kum Kee sauce,” and this entry requirement gave rise to almost-infinite creativity. Middle East ingredients were employed in traditional dumplings, Beijing roast duck inspired crispy pork, and Lee Kum Kee garlic and plum sauce provided a Thai twist on the French macaron. The variety of ideas presented was amazing.

At the end, Davis local resident Margaret Waterhouse's “Thai Macaron” won the first prize by virtue of its unique creativity applied to a mixture of French, Thai, and Chinese elements. Lee Kum Kee Corporate Chef Fred Wang was especially pleased that Lee Kum Kee products were featured in the production of a French dessert, giving expression to unlimited creativity and expanding brand influence. Elaine Thai said, “Beginning with our successful collaboration last year, Lee Kum Kee and the Confucius Institute have been able to create an international platform for Chinese food through games, culinary shows, and food festivals. The international nature of the event serves as a showcase for the unique charm of Chinese food.” This innovative culinary contest embodies the food fusion of East and West, a blend of new trends and tradition. It is a unique and meaningful event.