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Chef Joseph Poon Honored by the American Culinary Federation

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Joseph PoonChef Joseph Poon has brought smiles to the faces of thousands of Philadelphians who have dined in his restaurants and participated in one of his famous Wok ‘N Walk tours. But earlier this month, Chef Poon received national acclaim at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) convention where the ACF presented him with the President’s Medallion, which recognizes five chefs who have contributed significantly to the culinary profession. 

Chef Poon, who is also a dietician, has formed his career around teaching people about Chinese culture and how to eat healthy. Each year he travels to China to teach patients at local hospitals how to cook healthier for themselves and their families. On a local level, he has been dubbed the “Unofficial Mayor of Chinatown” for his philanthropic spirit and support of his community. 

During this year’s ACF annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., Chef Poon taught two fruit and vegetable carving/sculpture workshops and hosted a book signing for his award-winning book, “Life is Short ... Cooking is Fun.” He also presented his “Make 10 Dishes from One Chicken” cooking demo to aspiring chefs on the last day of the convention. 

Joseph PoonChef Poon has been in action all over the country this summer. His appearances for the National Watermelon Promotion Board have taken him to Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota and Delaware. For those unawares, Chef Poon loves to play with food — and watermelons are just the beginning. He can carve a watermelon into a dragon, a potato into a rose or a zucchini into a bird in minutes, all the while telling humorous and motivational stories. His antics have led him to appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen Degeneres Show and showcases on The Food Network

In September, Chef Poon will appear on Capitol Hill for a special evening event. He also will visit the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Calif., to address corporate chefs. 

For those looking to rendezvous with Chef Poon within the city limits, he has created a special Restaurant Week (Sept. 12-17 and Sept.19-24) for Chef Kitchen (1010 Cherry St., 2nd Floor). The menu features dishes based on meals featured at top Hong Kong hotels. View the “Flavors of Hong Kong” menu.

“I created this special menu to thank you for your tremendous customer loyalty and support during my years as a chef in our beautiful city,” Chef Poon said. “I look forward to seeing you soon!”