Who is Alvin Leung?
Alvin Leung King-lon was born on 13 March 1961 under the zodiac sign of Pisces, in London, England. He is a 60-year-old Hong Kong-Canadian chef and television personality, probably best recognized for being a judge on the highly popular competitive TV cooking show “MasterChef Canada”. He is also known by his nickname ‘The Demon Chef’.
How rich is he, as of now? Alvin Leung Net Worth
As of mid-2021, Alvin Leung’s net worth is estimated at over $13 million, earned through his successful career as a chef, steadily increasing his fortune through running his own restaurants and making appearances in various TV cooking shows.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Alvin Leung spent his early years in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since his parents moved there after his birth; there is no information about their names and professions, and it’s also unknown whether he has siblings or is an only child. He holds British nationality, and belongs to an Asian ethnic group. Regarding his education, Alvin is a graduate of environmental science; he also studied engineering.
Alvin Leung became involved in the hospitality business very young, when he spent some time working as a waiter. He eventually started his professional culinary career after his graduation in the late 1980s, when he moved to Hong Kong and bought a speak-easy called ‘Bo Inosaki’ and renamed it to ‘Bo Innovation’. He then gave himself the nickname ‘The Demon Chef’, derived from the Greek word “Daimôn”, means ‘good-spiritedness’, and stands for happiness.
Rise to Fame
As time passed, Alvin Leung became more and more popular among other chefs, and became recognized for his own style of cooking he calls ‘X-Treme Chinese’, which represents a combination of molecular gastronomy and fusion cuisine. He also created a dish called ‘Sex on a Beach’, with all the proceeds from sales going to the AIDS Concern charity; the dish involves an edible condom made of kappa and konjac, and filled with a mixture of ham and honey, while the ‘beach’ is made of mushrooms.
In 2009, Alvin’s restaurant in Hong Kong was awarded two stars by The Michelin Guide’s Hong Kong and Macau edition. It was later upgraded to three stars in 2014 and even listed as one of the World’s Best Restaurants.
In December 2012, Alvin Leung decided to open his second restaurant in his hometown of London. It is called ‘Bo London’ and was awarded a star by The Michelin Guide. He spent around £1 million on the restaurant, which was closed two years later in March 2014.
Career on Television
Alvin Leung made his debut TV appearance in a 2012 episode of the Bravo reality competition series “Around The World In 80 Plates” – the episode “Feeding The Demon” was named for him.
Thereafter, he was invited to become a cast member of the competitive cooking reality TV show “MasterChef Canada”, alongside Michael Bonacini and Claudio Aprile. The show premiered in January 2014 on CTV in Canada and the Cooking Channel in the United States.
Following the first season of the show, in early 2015 Alvin opened a restaurant with the winner of the season, Eric Chong, called ‘R&D’ in Toronto
To speak further, Alvin Leung also serves as a judge in another competitive cooking show, entitled “Wok Stars” on MediaCorp Channel 5.
He also guest-starred in the episode “Amuse Bouche” of the Canadian fantasy drama television series “The Listener” and served as a judge in the reality television series “Five Star Chef”.
Recent Years and Cookbook
In the late 2010s, Alvin Leung opened several more restaurants, including Forbidden Duck, Bib and Hops, Raku and MIC Kitchen in Hong Kong, 15 Stamford in Singapore, Daimon in Taipei, and FUHU Restaurant & Bar in Malaysia. He also published his first cookbook in March 2019, entitled “My Hong Kong”.
Personal Life and Appearance
Little is known about Alvin Leung’s personal life, since he tries to keep it far away from the eye of the public. However, it is known that he is a married man, that the name of his wife is Abby Wong, and they have a daughter, but her name remains a mystery. In October 2018, the couple celebrated their 35th anniversary.
Regarding his appearance, Alvin Leung has medium-length black hair and dark brown eyes. Information about his height, weight, vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.