Dong, your qi gong and herbal, medicinal teas instructor, is a native born from China. Ever since her pre-teen days, she has been studying traditional Chinese herbology. Later in life, she learned qi gong, acupressure, and acupuncture as an adult. Dong has also had a passion for the arts, working as a photographer for a publishing house in her home city Shanghai, China and then later achieving her culinary degree in Chicago. For Dong, Chinese medicine is an art. She learned that during her sick childhood, suffering from severe asthma which had prevented her from attending elementary school. During her quest to find relief from asthma, Dong learned the value of Chinese medicinal philosophy and the ancient knowledge it carries. Dong wants to share her experience and knowledge with everyone just as her father did as a qi gong grand master. They both found cures for their ailments through the practice of traditional Chinese medicinal philosophy and arts.
Loved it! The title holds true...its like cooking with Grandma. The instructor was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. Will definitely sign up for more classes in the series.
Dong Chen is a wonderful teacher. She’s an engaging speaker who has led a really fascinating life. The class was fun, informative, and appropriate for all levels of skill. I’m a relatively experienced cook, but I still walked away with some new techniques and ideas for cooking. You should take this class!