Today my family and I went to the final competition for Seoul, My New Recipe. A member of my husband’s office had said we should go and, while he had precious few details as to what exactly was going on or what this was, we’re usually up for an adventure and off we went! It turned out that there was a cooking competition. Teams of foreigners could send in a YouTube video highlighting a Korean fusion dish of their own creation and compete for a trip to Seoul. The five finalists competed today at Seoul City Hall in the spirit of Master Chef, but without the profanity.
The whole thing started off a little rough. Korean time is a little like island time, in my experience. We’re not talking about the most punctual culture in the world. The sound guys had trouble and the English speaking mc, was having trouble reading her script because of the darkened room and a crazy harsh spotlight. Once the army of cameras and video cameras got set up though and things got rolling (and I got over my camera envy … sigh), we had a great time. I can’t even begin to describe the smells that were there. AMAZING.
We got to wander around and watch the chefs cook. They had to make their dish, as well as a dish that was announced at the beginning, pajeon. We got to giggle at some of the interactions between chefs and the people trying to interview them on camera as they were trying to cook. We got to chat with on of the owners of Vatos, Kenny Park, who was one of the judges. Once again,
it was a thrill to be part of something like this. It goes on my ever growing list of “things we’d never get to do in the US.” Go Korea!
The guy whose arms are in the photo, is Chris of Caribbean Pot. He and his daughter were a lot of fun to watch. They seemed genuine and like they were having a great time. While they didn’t win, I did get to taste their Korea/Carribean fried chicken. Yum!!