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Wok star Ken's here to tempt your taste buds.

Byline: Catherine Lillington News Reporter catherine.lillington@trinitymirror.com

KEN Hom - the man who invented the wok as we know it - is showing off his culinary skills in Coventry this week.

The veteran chef is hosting a cookery demonstration at Dunelm, at the Airport Retail Park, tomorrow, as part of a UK-wide tour.

Speaking to the Telegraph from Paris, he said: "I have never visited Coventry, this will be my first time, therefore I am doubly looking forward to it. "As long as it's not raining, I am sure I will like Coventry very much!

"I do know that the Daimler car industry was founded in Coventry, and although I don't drive and I have never owned a car, Daimler is a car I have always admired.

"And I do know of a certain Lady Godiva, known for riding naked on a horse through Coventry!" Ken said he has heard of The Cross in Kenilworth, which was awarded a Michelin star in the 2015 guide.

The restaurant was one of only 14 in the UK and Ireland to receive the prestigious accreditation for this year.

He said: "I am on a rather busy schedule during my UK cookery tour and I am not sure how much time I will have for exploring the culinary scene of Coventry, although I would like to.

"I heard that the Coventry Hilton has The Larder, a British restaurant, and I might try it out."

Remembering how wok cooking influenced his early life, Ken said: "After losing my father when I was just eight months old, I was brought up by my mother in the China Town district of Chicago and went to work in my uncle Paul's restaurant at the age of 11. "We were poor then but my mum would still create a three-course meal every day in her tiny kitchen, just using her wok and cleaver.

"I remember her quick, delicious meals made out of a little rice, a little dried fish, some spice.

"Once, when she could not work for a month, she still produced flavoursome meals out of these few ingredients, and her wok. We loved the simple, wok prepared food.

"To enjoy life and be happy means to eat well. That I believe, wholeheartedly, and wok cooking allows me to do just that."

The chef, here at 2pm on Tomorrow, developed the flat bottomed wok in 1986 and by 2005 one in seven people in the UK owned a Ken Hom wok.

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