As a third-generation restaurateur and chef, the call of the kitchen was always strong for Kwoklyn Wan. His grandfather opened The Hung Lau, the first Chinese Restaurant in Leicester, England, in 1962; his father opened Leicester’s first Cantonese Restaurant, The Bamboo House, in 1978. Nearly 40 years later, Kwoklyn can regularly be seen sharing his passion for all things mouth-wateringly tasty in written articles, interviews and appearances on international radio, live demonstrations at food festivals and more. Kwoklyn is the author of four celebrated books: “Kwoklyn’s Chinese Takeaway Cookbook,” “The Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook,” “Chinese Takeaway in 5” and “10 Minute Chinese Takeaway.” Book #5, “The Complete Chinese Takeaway,” is due for launch in September 2022. On the small screen, the first season of Kwoklyn’s Chinese Takeaway Kitchen launched on Amazon Prime in February 2021 and was followed by a Christmas special in December 2021. Outside the kitchen, Kwoklyn is a qualified Sifu in the art of Jeet Kune Do (Kung Fu) and has studied the form since the age of four, including with some of the greats under Bruce Lee. He hosted Europe’s largest martial arts show for five years running and still continues to teach martial arts at his school in Leicester. He is also a face of men’s clothing for John Banks Big & Tall UK and is a strong advocate for local charities, including Help Us Grieve in Newark and Rainbows Hospice in Leicester.
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