Our Team

  Our Team

Elena Wu

Elena has had a culinary presence in Southern New Jersey for over 26 years and has an obsession for great food.

Born in Hong Kong, Elena’s family moved to Long Island, NY in 1966. With an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit, a vital romance for cooking, a meticulous capacity for organization and culinary keenness, Elena has taught Chinese cooking in local schools across Burlington and Camden Counties.

After years of running a catering business, Elena opened her first restaurant in Marlton, NJ in 1986. Following her success in Marlton, she opened Chez Elena Wu in 1998 in Voorhees, NJ and then sold it in 2008. After she sold her restaurant, she has been active in a restaurant consulting business. Due to the popular request of her former customers and the unparalleled opportunity given by the landlord, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), she has decided to return to Voorhees Town Center by joining other high quality restaurants in the Voorhees Town Center. This new restaurant is the only one which she will operate in the Southern New Jersey.

Elena learned the basics of French cooking by attending the Culinary Institute of America and traveling to Paris. The classes, combined with Elena’s passion for food and natural skill for cooking, has helped her to master the difficult art of French cuisine. With her husband, K.K., Elena has mothered three wonderful children, twin sons and a daughter.

The South Jersey well-known news reporter, Sally Friedman, wrote an article on this new restaurant appeared in Burlington County times on May 1, 2013. Here is the link: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/life-style/longtime-local-restaurateur-is-back-with-a-new-spot-in/article_d33621c9-9708-50ef-9930-1ed55d37f3f0.html

K.K. Wu, Management Consultant

Mr. Wu came to America in 1958 from Hong Kong. With a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in the same from the University of Dayton; he exemplifies an unyielding passion for community service. K.K. is as much a part of Elena Wu as he is a part of Voorhees Township and Camden County.

His 5 year effort as a chemical engineer in directing the Voorhees Buzby Landfill Task Force for cleanup and redevelopment project have earned him a special place in the community. A civic taskforce member called Mr. Wu, “the engine that’s turning the wheel. He is driving the whole thing.”

Mr. Wu worked as a Chemical Engineer for the U.S. Army, Navy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over thirty years. K.K. Wu is currently retired and splits his time between Elena Wu management consulting and the community service to Voorhees Township Environment Commission and Camden County’s Municipal Utility Authority Board, Asian American Advisory Council, Literacy Now Board of Literacy Volunteers, and also the Kirkwood Lakes sub-committee.  As of the end of 2016, K.K. has resigned from the above positions.

Steven Wu, Manager

Steve’s first experience in the restaurant business came at the age of thirteen, when he washed dishes on weekends at Elena’s first restaurant in Marlton, The Elena Wu Restaurant. Throughout his teenage years, he progressed to bussing and waiting tables over weekends and summer vacations.

While studying Chemical Engineering at Cornell University, Steve continued to help Elena over summer breaks. He graduated from Cornell with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, and worked as a process engineer in the Semiconductor industry for a number of years, moving from Princeton, New Jersey to Portland, Oregon to Newark, Delaware.

Steve left the engineering field to manage Chez Elena Wu in Voorhees, serving as manager until it’s sale in 2008. He has since attained a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UMDNJ, and worked as a registered nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. With the opening of Elena Wu at Voorhees Town Center, Steve brings his diverse background and unique skill set, serving as an integral part of the family business.

Kwong Chi (K.C.) Cheung, Head Chef

Chef Cheung received his culinary training and working experience from the prestigious and exclusive Hong Kong Jockey Club, a world-class facility. His specialty is traditional Chinese cuisine.

Chef Cheung came to America in 1978 and worked as Head Chef at the Sichuan China Royal restaurant in Center City Philadelphia for over eight years. Subsequently he opened his own restaurant, The Taste of China, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey until he sold it recently.

Upon Elena Wu’s request, Mr. Cheung believes that it is a great opportunity to embrace Elena’s innovative and integrated approach of East meets West cuisine. As always, Chef Cheung will try his best to meet the Golden Rule, customer first and customer delight.
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