Underscore Matters 04: Chunyi Zhou

Underscore Matters 04


Chunyi Zhou

Good Food / Traveling / Focus


Published JUne 3013”


“You need to be very careful when you’re cooking because Chinese cooking is more about fire and how strong the fire should be.”

—Chunyi Zhou


Chunyi Zhou grew up in a professional cook's family, so food has always been important to her, but on a trip to Thailand, she saw how learning how to cook great food could form important memories for visitors. On top of that, it had became obvious to her that young people were relying more and more on restaurants for dinner and forgetting the joy of cooking for themselves. She believes that being able to use the kitchen is important for a good family life. It brings people love and happiness, as well as nutrition. It's the soul and pillar of the family. On returning to China, Chunyi failed to find this kind of cooking class in Beijing, particularly anything that was accessible to English-speaking visitors, so she decided to open her own cooking school in Beijing. She invited her brother, Chao Zhou, to help her. More than a decade on and Chunyi and Chao still love inviting guests into their kitchen to learn, eat traditional Chinese food together, and share Chinese culture