Ken Hom Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the personal library and papers of Ken Hom. The papers include menus, posters, photographs and framed pictures, correspondence, press cuttings and scrapbooks documenting his career as a chef, author and television show presenter.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ken Hom was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1949, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. While studying History of Art at the University of California, he gave cookery lessons to supplement his income, and went on to become a cookery instructor at the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco. In 1982, Ken Hom began his television career by fronting his own Chinese cookery programme for the BBC. The 1980s also saw the beginning of a long career as an author of oriental cookery books. Since then, he has also worked as a consultant chef, and has created his own food range.

Conditions Governing Access

Before your first visit to the Special Collections Reading Room please complete a Reading Room registration form . The form is also available from the Headington Library Enquiry Desk. Internal staff and students will be asked to show their University ID card, and external applicants should bring proof of address

Applicants are bound by the Reading Room regulations .

The Reading Room is open between 1pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday, during the University semesters (dates available here ) and researchers can visit by prior appointment outside these times; Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Please email us to arrange a visit or if you have any queries:

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to the University library from Ken Hom's French home.

Other Finding Aids

A full online catalogue for the archival material is available.

Please use the Library Catalogue, available at , to search for the published items in this collection.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Eleanor Possart, 2010, 2012.