Taichung mayor awards prestigious culinary prize


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s first chef to win the prestigious “Grand Chef” title from French-based luxury hotel consortium Relais & Chateaux received an award from Taichung Mayor Jason Hu Tuesday in recognition of her achievement.

Chen Lan-shu, the 30-year-old chef at Taichung’s Le Mout restaurant, was one of just 19 chefs worldwide to earn the “Grand Chef” title last December.

Hu praised Chen when he presented her with a medal, saying that the ability to take the “Grand Chef” award indicates that her cooking skills are nearly perfect.

Chen and her restaurant also give people a feeling of “surprise,” and introduce Taiwan to the international community by presenting the country’s value and elegance in a very unique way, according to Hu.

Chen does not have a culinary background. Inspired by her passion for French food, she only began cooking around six years ago.