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James Bilbow, Graduate of 2006
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From Kitchen in Sha Tin to Kitchen Consultant

Standing in front of the chopping board where he first picked up basic chopping skills in a Food Technology class in Sha Tin, Mr. James Bilbow, a 2006 graduate, talked enthusiastically on the impact of that class in his life long career, a consultant in marketing kitchenware to all kinds of restaurants in China. He shared his career development successes with students at the invitation of Mr. Lee O’Leary, his former teacher.

A Britishman with permanent residency in Hong Kong, he worked for four years as a chef in Beijing where in his own words, beyond his duties as a chef, he was deeply engaged in day to day life of the local people, communicating in Putonghua and becoming integrated into local culture as much as possible. He believes that it is his bilingual skills and bi-cultural background that help make him a successful consultant in marketing western kitchenware to all kinds of restaurants in China. With the phenomenal economic growth in China in a globalizing world, he anticipates not just better employment opportunities but also higher demand for people with bilingual skills and bi-cultural background. He encourages students to pay serious attention to polishing their bilingual skills and bi-cultural education during their time at Sha Tin so that they are better prepared to be part of the fast developments in Asia.