Lisa Tse (right) and Helen Tse pose at 10 Downing Street in London, where the twin sisters cooked lunch for Premier Li Keqiang and British Prime Minister David Cameron on June 17 during the Chinese premier's visit to Britain. Photos provided to China Daily
British twins of Chinese ethnicity, Lisa and Helen Tse, owners of Chinese restaurant Sweet Mandarin in Manchester, cooked lunch for Premier Li Keqiang and British Prime Minister David Cameron when Li visited Cameron at his official residence in London on June 17.
"When I first saw Premier Li, I was so nervous as the whole experience was so surreal," Lisa says of the No 10, Downing Street event. She adds that Li was very friendly and spoke to them in English.
"He was proud of us and said we were a great example of a Chinese success story and congratulated us on our excellent cooking and sauces. He hoped that we could open restaurants in China so that the Chinese people could also try our unique cuisine."
Cooking lunch for Li and Cameron was a great honor, Lisa says, and adds that it was one of the proudest moments in her career. "They both really enjoyed the food and their plates came back empty which is always a good sign."
Lisa was part of a delegation that had accompanied Cameron on his visit to China last November.
"When Cameron went to China, Premier Li treated him to a sumptuous Chinese banquet," Lisa says, adding that the British prime minister wanted to return the favor by giving Li "the best of Britain". That was how the twins were invited to cook for the Chinese premier.