“To find time to study English, I would finish every meal in seven minutes and then hide behind the cabinet, learning English for the remaining eight minutes, because we were only given 15 minutes to eat.”
recalled learning English as a canteen chef at Tsinghua University from 1996 to 2004. In less then five years, Zhang learned all the words in five English-language textbooks and scored 630 out of a possible 677 points on the TOEFL. His story earned him the nickname “Super Chef”. Zhang is now leading a team around China, giving lectures and sharing his story to encourage others.