According to a press release from the Office of Assemblyman Mike Eng, who represents San Marino and other cities in the San Gabriel Valley in the 49th District:
In a ceremony held [Monday] in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol, Assemblymember Mike Eng (D – Monterey Park) honored Betty Tsang, Vice President of Lee Kum Kee (USA), Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer and seller of Chinese-sauces, as the 49th Assembly District’s 2012 “Woman of the Year.”
“It is with great honor that I selected Betty Tsang as Woman of the Year,” said Assemblymember Eng. “Betty has been instrumental in introducing Chinese food culture and flavors into mainstream American culture.”
For nearly 30 years, Betty has worked tirelessly in America’s food industry. Betty developed simple and delicious recipes using Lee Kum Kee products such as Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, and Hoisin Sauce, which are now widely used by Asian and American chefs and available in mainstream supermarkets, and restaurants. Betty has appeared in television shows and on radio programs to demystify the use of Chinese seasonings in cooking.
Her work has been widely recognized by the American food industry and her advice and expertise has been sought after by major restaurant chains. She has consulted for Applebee’s, BJ’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Panda Restaurants, TGIF and major food industrial giants such as McDonald’s, Pillsbury, Nestle and Uncle Ben’s. In addition, many grocery chains carry the products of Lee Kum Kee in their neighborhood markets.
She is President of the Asian Food Trade Association and sits on the board of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California. She has been recognized for her work by the National Chinese Welfare Council of Los Angeles and was recently named a 2012 awardee by the Chinatown Public Safety Association of Los Angeles. Through her work, Betty has made enormous contributions to the ever increasing cultural diversity of American cooking.
Every year the Legislative Women’s Caucus, in Honor of Women’s History Month, hosts a Woman of the Year Ceremony in Sacramento to honor women who have distinguished themselves through their community involvement.
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