James Wong, Managing Director of the Chung Ying Restaurant Group and winner of Businessman of the year 2016.

Born in Birmingham, James returned to his family's native Hong Kong aged four, but returned just three years later when Chung Ying Cantonese was established by his Mother and Father.

James has been working with Chung Ying for over 15 years, initially joining Chung Ying Garden on Thorp Street permanently as an assistant manager, working his way up to become the general manager of the restaurant.

As well as being passionate about food, James is also heavily involved with community work. He is the Chair of the Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee, responsible for organising the Chinese New Year and Mid Autumn Festival. He was also the Chair of the committee that bought "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring", a world renowned cultural show from China, to Birmingham for the first time

He is a governor of Overseas Chinese Association School, patron of the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham (CCCB) and on the Board of Directors for Southside BID. He also heads the committee for the Chinatown Arch Project.

James donates much of his resources and time to the local charities and in particular the Chinese community where each month around 40 elderly Chinese are invited to dine for free at his restaurants. During celebratory events in the Chinese calendar, often up to 300 elders are invited for a free celebratory meal.

Another one of his passions is to be able to develop young talent. He often mentors and gives advice to budding entrepreneurs.

During his spare time, he loves to travelling and trying new cuisines. He is also a fervent Birmingham City fan.

He is dedicated and proud to be continuing his family’s hard work for the Chung Ying Restaurant Group and the local Chinese community.

Read more about James's Charity work 

The three brothers - Richard, James and William Wong. Directors of Chung Ying Restaurant Group