Mr William Poon 潘偉廉先生

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Date 24 June 2011 Interviewed by Jianyi Ma
Language English and Cantonese Audio Edited by Chong Goh 
Venue Mr Willian Poon's home, London    

Mr William Poon is the fifth child of his parents. As his family was engaged in catering business, Mr Poon assisted in the kitchen since young. He has inherited barbequing, stewing and wind-drying techniques from the family, whilst worked in various departments such as Dimsum, Kitchen and Bakery in other restaurants.

Mr Poon was offered an employment and hence came to the UK in 1967. He then signed a contract with Hong Kong Government in 1968, to cater for Hong Kong students that studied in the UK. In 1971, he established the Poon's Wind-Dried Products Factory. The first Poon's Restaurant was opened in 1973, followed by another six which constituted the brand's prime. Amongst these restaurants, the one establised in 1976 was awarded a Michelin star in 1980 as the best Chinese restaurant in London. Mr Poon sold out his business in early 2003 for retirement.