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James Woo

Celebrity Chef

James Woo of Mahjong Room reminisces about the street vendors of Hong Kong, a dining culture that just doesn’t exist in Australia.

James Woo grew up on a farm outside Sydney, raised on his parents’ Chinese home cooking. From a young age he remembers interacting with food; picking vegetables from the garden and helping prepare meals for the family. His Uncle is a chef in Queensland and it was he who inspired James to become a professional chef. His career has since taken him to Hong Kong and around Australia, where he developed his wok and Chinese cooking skills. Today he is a master of Asian sauces such as Szechuan, Mongolian and Peking; and as the dumplings and won tons of the Mahjong Room attest, he is an accomplished pastry chef as well.

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