Food La La: My final day in Korea
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
I woke up feeling nervous on my last day in Korea since it was the day of the main event — the cooking competition, which took place at CJ Food World in a huge cooking studio.
I was shocked to see how many media people and Seoul government officials were in attendance. I didn’t know it was going to be such a big deal. There were camera crews from all the main news stations in Korea.
Kelly preparing the pork.
We had 75 minutes to make our dish which was more than enough time for Kelly and I since our dish, Aloha Kimchee Bap, didn’t take very long to make. I felt so nervous during the competition because we were being interviewed and filmed the whole time. When I started chopping up the kimchee, five cameramen charged towards me and started filming. I felt like a deer in headlights!
Adam Kingston from England getting interviewed.
Heart shaped eggs to put on top of our fried rice. Actually, our eggs were over cooked the first time because the cameras and interviewers distracted Kelly so this was our second batch.
Our finished dish!
The judges trying the food and more interviews.
The judges of the competition: Kim Ho Jin (actor and owner of the restaurant Shaya 99 where we had dinner the night before), Tony Yoo (chef at a restaurant called D6), and Kim Min Ji (chef and owner of Min’s Kitchen where we ate dinner on our second night in Korea.)
Everyone’s food looked so delicious – I wish we had the chance to try each other’s food. In the end, the team from Bulgaria won the competition. They made spicy pork, tofu kimchee, and cucumber kimchee. It was a fun yet stressful experience. I was so relieved that it was over and couldn’t wait to get out of the kitchen and eat lunch!
With Kim Ho Jin!