Cheng Ruming

 
Cheng Ruming, a native of Shandong born on October 1, 1926;

In 1939, he became a student of Mr. Zhang Kegong, a famous chef, to learn the art of cooking in the concession area of Tianjin;

In 1954, he became General Chief Chef of Chairman Mao’s special train belonging to the Department of Special Transport of the Ministry of Railway to serve Chairman Mao Zedong;

In 1961, he cooked the meals for the banquet held by Mao Zedong to treat Mr. Puyi, the last emperor of China, in the swimming pool of Zhongnanhai;

He cooked the meals for the banquet held by Chairman Mao to treat Mr. Montgomery, the famous British Marshall in World War II in Jiashe, East Lake, Wuhan;

He began to serve Chairman Mao’s wife in Jinjiang Hotel in Shanghai;

In 1972, he cooked the meals for the banquet held by Chairman Mao to treat American President Nixon and his wife in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing;

In 1978, he worked on the Chairman Special Train belonging to the Department of Special Transport of the Ministry of Railway to serve Comrade Hua Guofeng;

In 1982, he became General Chief Chef of Zhongnanhai Secretariat to serve Mr. Zhao Ziyang;

In 1984, he became General Chief Chef of Zhongnanhai Secretariat to serve Mr. Hu Yaobang;

In 1986, he became General Chief Chef of Zhongnanhai Secretariat to serve Mr. Deng Xiaoping;

In 1990, he became General Chief Chef of Zhongnanhai Secretariat to serve Mr. Jiang Zemin;

Since starting working in Zhangnanhai, Cheng Ruming has been serving state leaders such as Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhao Ziyang, Hu Yaobang, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zeming, and so on for 46 years! He participated in numerous important state banquets and created famous dishes such as Zisu Wuchang Fish which was praised by Chairman Mao in his poem Prelude to Water Melody-Swimming, Marshall Shrimp jointly tasted and appreciated by Chairman Mao and British Marshall Montgomery, and Hongshaorou (pork braised in brown sauce) which is Chairman Mao’s biggest favorite, etc. That’s why he is also called Imperial Chef of Zhongnanhai!

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