Famed Chef Joseph Poon discussed his restaurant journey with the Dining on a Dime crew, host Kevin Wilson, Chef Gene Blum, Amaris Pollock and Matt Maratea.
Chef Joseph Poon is considered the unofficial Mayor of Philadelphia’s Chinatown for nearly 50 years. Coming to the United States in 1972 with little more than the clothes he carried, Joe went on to get his college degree from SUNY Oneonta and the CIA. His story can easily be the script of a Hollywood movie.
Chef Joe’s mark on Philadelphia includes the founding of three restaurants. Two of which as considered the most iconic Asian restaurants in the region. Sang Kee, Joes Peking Duck House and Joe Poon’s Asian-Fusian restaurant fuel his desire to teach others the secrets of Chinese cuisine and the history of Philadelphia’s Chinatown. His Wok N walk Chinatown tours are an energetic and culture filled glimpse into the food and history of the nations forth largest Chinatown.
Joe has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to teaching and giving back to the community. He tours the globe doing demonstrations and fruit carvings as well as consulting for various companies including Disney. Joes support of charity and students includes his Scholarship fund, work from the March of Dimes, The Restaurant School, SUNY Oneonta and a long list of national and local charities.
Joe has appeared wo such television shows as Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres and his print and media credits are endless.
You can find many of his classes and work at www.joesphpoon.com