We are so pleased to announce that Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui, is shortlisted for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' 2020 Cookbook Awards in their 2020 Cookbook Awards division for Literary/Historical Food Writing.
IACP’s mission is to empower, educate, and engage culinary professionals around the globe, their awards are among the most prestigious and coveted in the food industry. Winners will be announced at the annual IACP conference and awards ceremony on March 28 in Pittsburgh.
Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants is a travelogue, culinary investigation, family memoir and cultural commentary. Driving across Canada, from Victoria, BC to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Ann Hui writes about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. The road trip reveals a family’s secret – her parents had run a Chinese restaurant, The Legion Cafe, before she was born. By the end of her journey Hui has a new appreciation for the importance of these restaurants in the country’s history, making the case for the quintessentially Canadian nature of chop suey cuisine.
Ann Hui and Chop Suey Nation have garnered various award attention, including: Honor Title at the 2019-2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Non-Fiction Category; winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Chinese Cooking and Food Writing Category, for Canada; Winner of the 2019 Dr. Edgar Wickberg Book Prize by the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. for the Best Book on Chinese Canadian History.
Ann Hui is The Globe and Mail’s National Food Reporter and uses food as a lens to explore public policy, health, the environment, science and technology. Before she joined The Globe, her writing was published in the Walrus, the National Post, the Toronto Star and the Victoria Times Colonist. She has twice been nominated for National Newspaper Awards. Hui was born in Vancouver, BC and currently lives in Toronto, ON.