As the Pearl River flows ceaselessly, it nurtures everything in the city of Guangzhou. Facing the Pearl River stands the White Swan Hotel with a history of over 40 years on Shamian Island in the Liwan District, Guangzhou. It has witnessed the remarkable years of Guangzhou's reform and opening-up. Along the White Swan Pond, the hotel's treasure lies in its chef team renowned for Lingnan cuisine, showcasing the splendid essence of Guangzhou's food and beverage service industry to both domestic and international guests.
"While the presentation of the exquisite dishes may be enticing, stepping into the kitchen reveals that becoming a Cantonese cuisine master is a challenging task that tests a person's comprehensive abilities," says Li Shujun, the Deputy Executive Chef of the White Swan Hotel. According to him, culinary arts encompass scientific, technical, practical, and artistic aspects. To become a Cantonese cuisine master, one needs to possess not only solid culinary skills but also professional qualities and undergo comprehensive learning.
As one of the first batch of five-star hotels in China, the White Swan Hotel has received renowned figures from both China and abroad. The hotel was the first upscale hotel made available to the public, making luxury more accessible. The hotel has created unforgettable memories for the local residents, and many overseas Chinese people come to Guangzhou specifically to sample the flavors of Guangzhou cuisine found in the White Swan Hotel. The innovative chefs at the White Swan Hotel are largely responsible for the enduring popularity of Cantonese cuisine.