Born in Chungking, China, and brought up in Taiwan, she came to the United States to study. After receiving her B.S. and M.A. in education, marriage changed her career direction. Her love of Chinese cooking and tremendous interest in ethnic foods, plus her natural teaching ability, have led her down the path of culinary arts demonstration and the restaurant business.
Among her many honors, The Dallas Observer named her "The Best Cooking Teacher in Dallas." Known for her ability to find the easiest and most effective food preparation method, Catherine compiled more than 230 recipes and self-published a very simple, practical, easy-to-follow cookbook, "Chinese Cooking the American Way." It was an instant success with the 9th edition now in the making.
Since publishing her book, she has been the director of her own cooking school, The Chinese Cooking Institute, for more than ten years. While raising four children was always her first priority, she managed to find time to consult restaurants, gourmet shops, and cooking schools such as Neiman-Marcus Cooking Series, held at the Dallas Northpark Store, and Asian Fortnight held at the Neiman-Marcus downtown location in the 1980s.
In 1999, her new restaurant, Cathy's Wok & Grill, was chosen one of the Top Ten New Restaurants of the year by The Dallas Morning News. Since opening her restaurants and publishing her book, she has been a major contributor in the explosion of interest in Chinese as well as other Asian cooking methods, with emphasis on Thai cooking. She plans food events, caters and does fund raising for numerous charities, all the while entertaining creatively in her home.
Catherine Liu has a great interest in healthy eating; as a pioneer in the field of vegetarian and soyfood cuisines, she makes her own soy milk and tofu products whenever time permits. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with Charles, her husband of 38 years. Together they have four grown children and four grandchildren.