;The culinary arts have always been a treasured tradition in Chinese culture. Officials’ Cuisine, known as the ninth major cuisine,has occupied a glorious page in the history of China. Itis an integration of superb refined cooking and elegant elements of Chinese culture. With the passage of time, Officials’ Cuisine is no longer an ordinary style of cooking, but has moved into the stage of aesthetics, and become the symbol of perfection in culinary arts.
Chinese drink, food and cooking, through evolution and improvement during various dynasties, in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, had ascended the next level and become the elegant heyday of food culture, laid the foundation for official cuisine in the period of Republican China.This study, through the analysis of various historical data, explores the generation and the impact of "Tan chef" and "Tan cuisine" in the period of Republican China, and takes two major gourmets Yan-Kai Tan and Zu-Ren Tan for example, constructs the context linking the food culture, the politics and society in the period of Republican China, and expands to explore the influence of the Ming and Qing refined luxury diet fashion on official cuisine in the period of Republican China, the prevalence of the Ming and Qing books about drinking and meal, history and cooking of precious food ingredients bird′s nest, shark′s fin and abalone.
Official private home-style cuisine need pass through several decades or even centuries of family history and their own research, before it can form a unique experience pass on to their future generations. "Tan chef" and "Tan cuisine" are characterized by precious materials, fine workmanship, beautiful color and shape. The two official cuisines witness sumptuous diet by bigwigs and elites from the period of Republican China to the modern era and the change of times, are not eliminated by time, sufficient to demonstrate the charm and characteristics of official cuisine. In today′s highly competitive restaurant industry, it has a place.