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In Focus: Meet China’s Viral 'Office Chef'—Ms Yeah!

In Focus: Meet China’s Viral 'Office Chef'—Ms Yeah!

While in university, a random thought popped in Zhou Xiaohui’s mind. What if she could cook hotpot using a water dispenser instead of a regular slow cooker? It would take years before this idea became an episode of her now successful Youtube page: Ms Yeah Official Channel.

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Zhou Xiaohui, better known as Ms Yeah, isn’t just a vlogger or a formally trained chef for that matter. The 24-year-old works in a creative agency in her native China, where most of her cooking videos take place. After witnessing her subscriber count rapidly increase in 2017, she was inspired to “create better videos” of her office cooking. As of this writing, the channel has 96 videos and counting of herself making anything and everything Chinese cuisine.

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But why her office, during business hours? “I thought it could be a nice place to cook in. It has gourmet food and freedom,” China’s famous “Office Chef tells ABS-CBN lifestyle. As it turns out, her company fully supports her passion wit some of her officemates even making cameos.

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Yet for Ms Yeah, a full-time employee, there's more to work life than KPIs and stress. She encourages workers who already spend enough time at their desks as is to make the most of their long hours—by doing things that they enjoy. “My videos deliver a value. (But I) build my dream step by step in the office,” she explains.

Ironically, the vlogger barely cooks at home. Although, she admits her father, who does most of it, inspired her to get into the culinary craft. “He would always do something new. He puts in effort to innovate traditional Chinese food,” she reveals.

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Ms Yeah teases more content fans can anticipate on her channel. She even plans to take her life hacks to creator’s studios, homes, and offices other than her own—believing this may help re-introduce Chinese culture to the world. - Interview by Kitty De Leon

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Banner Image courtesy of ms yeah official channel.




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