Jonathan Phang

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Jonathan Phang is a British food writer[1] and chef, best known for his television appearances.[2]

Early life[edit]

Phang was born in London. His father and his mother were from Guyana.[3] He began his career as a fashion agent, working with models such as Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Liv Tyler.[4]

Marchioness tragedy[edit]

In 1989, Phang arranged a friend's birthday party on board a pleasure boat on the River Thames, which ended in disaster and the death of many of his friends after the boat was struck by a larger vessel and sank. Phang himself was briefly under water and survived by clinging to a beer barrel.[5] In 2009, he made a documentary about the event for the BBC, called The Marchioness: A Survivor’s Story.

Media career[edit]

Phang was a judge on Britain's Next Top Model,[6] which received the RADAR Media Award for Best Factual Programming.[7] He wrote the cookbooks The Pepperpot Club: A Celebration of Caribbean Cuisine[8] and Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook.[9] He has been featured on Food Network[10] and SBS Food,[11] and in Good Housekeeping,[12] the Daily Express,[13] The Straits Times,[3] The New Paper,[14] Travel Weekly,[15] and Radio Diva.[16] He hosted the show Gourmet Trains.[17] In 2015, he was a presenter at the Wing Travel Awards ceremony.[18]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Phang's Gourmet Trains". Transparent TV. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Travel Channel Jonathan Phang's 'Gourmet Trains' Make a Stop at the Divani Caravel in Athens". GTP Headlines. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "From fashion to food". Straits Times. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Jonathan Phang". Harvey Voices. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Phang: life after the Marchioness disaster". The Times. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2019. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Levine, Nick (10 July 2007). "'Britain's Next Top Model': Jonathan Phang". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Phang". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ "An interview with Jonathan Phang: "It's about experiencing life"". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ Phang, Jonathan. "TV chef and author Jonathan Phang shares his Christmas past". Out News Global.
  10. ^ "Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook". Food Network. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Phang". SBS. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Meet Celeb Chef Jonathan Phang". Good Housekeeping. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Baring all and stripping away the demons of tragedy". Express Online. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  14. ^ Lee, Jocelyn (29 July 2015). "On the epicurean express". The New Paper. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Win a celebrity baking experience as a Macao Bake Star". Travel Weekly.
  16. ^ "Jonathan Phang". Every Tuesday 104.4. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Jonathan Phang's Gourmet Trains Series and Episode Guides". Radio Times. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Belmond Wins Winq Travel Award 2015". Belmond. Retrieved 14 February 2019.