Joyce Chen's Story:
In 1949, Joyce Chen came to America from Shanghai, China and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On one occasion, as she and her family adjusted to their new way of life, she volunteered to donate some food to her children’s school fair. Cooking had always been her first love and she often dazzled her friends at home with her delicious and unique dishes.
For this particular event, she worked all night and prepared cookies shaped like pumpkins and her own Chinese egg rolls. After delivering the items to school she went back home to clean up. When she returned, she saw her pumpkin cookies still on the bake sale table, but no egg rolls. She thought perhaps no one liked them and that maybe they wore too embarrassed to put them out until one of the school mothers rushed up to her explaining that the egg rolls were so popular that they had sold out immediately. Delighted and relieved, Joyce went straight back home and prepared more.
This is when she discovered the growing interest in Chinese food and she soon began teaching lessons at her home and, later, at Cambridge’s and Boston’s Adult Education Centers. With the encouragement of friends and neighbors, she opened The Joyce Chen Restaurant in 1958. She also wrote her first Joyce Chen Cook Book in 1964 and in 1968 starred in her own national televised PBS cooking series called “Joyce Chen Cooks”. In the 70’s, she found that the selection and quality of Chinese cookware in America didn’t live up to her high standards so she developed her own. Joyce Chen’s slogan “Eastern Cookware for the Western Kitchen,” reflects her focus on providing high-quality, versatile tools and products that have Asian flair, but can be used in a western kitchen. Today, Joyce Chen Products come from all over the Pacific Rim to bring the best of Asia to you.
In 1994 Joyce Chen passed away, and, in 1998, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame.
Welcome to the world of Joyce Chen Products, which specializes in products for you Asian kitchen needs. Our Slogan, “Eastern Cookware for the Western Kitchen,” reflects our focus on providing high-quality, versatile tools and products that have Asian Flair, but can be used in a western kitchen. Our innovative store-within-a-store concept includes cookware, cutlery, cookbooks, and cooking sauces, as well as traditional and contemporary Asian tableware and accessories. We welcome you to the world of Joyce Chen Products. We hope that it is one to which you will want to return over and over again.