Cook Ding is the Head Chef at Ping’s Tea House, in charge of the noisy, smelly, hot, humid restaurant kitchen. He is famous for his excellent food, though he never makes dim sum. He leaves that to Mrs Ping, as hers are the best, and everyone knows it. Cook Ding is painfully aware that he could never compete, either with her reputation or with the quality of her dim sum.
Nevertheless, his own reputation is such that it would be unthinkable for him to work anywhere but Ping’s. He is a solid, talented chef, who never compromises on quality or service. Mr Ping is proud to have him working in his restaurant and will do anything to keep him.
Cook Ding is based on a real, legendary chef of the same name.