December 3, 2022

Guests wait in entrance of a meals truck on the KOREAT Pageant held on Jeju Island in October. (Courtesy of KOREAT)

By Yun Suh-young

One of many greatest cultural appetites amongst Koreans this 12 months was for native and worldwide delicacies.

TV line-ups have been dominated by cooking reveals, consuming reveals, discuss reveals about meals, food-related documentaries, and extra meals, meals and meals.

The fervor for delicacies has skyrocketed because the finish of final 12 months and is approaching its peak this 12 months. It was inconceivable to outline social curiosity within the nation with out mentioning cooking and eating.

Poster of "Please Take Care of My Refrigerator" (Courtesy of JTBC)

Poster of “Please Take Care of My Fridge” (Courtesy of JTBC)

TV reveals

The zeal for all issues culinary was set off by tv applications.

From cooking reveals that information viewers by way of a myriad of recipes, to consuming reveals that provided vicarious satisfaction, to leisure reveals that featured “cheftainers” (chef + entertainers), tv channels have been flooded with applications that handled meals.

The most important hit of the 12 months was “Please Take Care of My Fridge” aired at JTBC, a cable broadcasting station. The present has aired since November final 12 months and has maintained a mean viewer ranking of 4 %, a profitable quantity for a cable broadcasting station.

With “Please Take Care of My Fridge” got here the star-chef syndrome, after this system catapulted top-restaurant cooks to stardom and created the formation of huge fan bases for the cooks who appeared on the present, corresponding to Choi Hyun-seok, Oh Se-deuk, Lee Yeon-bok, Lee Chan-oh, Sam Kim, and Mikhal Ashminov. Non-chefs corresponding to TV character and restaurateur Hong Seok-cheon, and cartoon artist Kim Poong additionally loved reputation because of the present.

One of the biggest stars on TV in S. Korea this year was Chef Baek Jong-won.

One of many greatest TV stars in S. Korea this 12 months was Chef Baek Jong-won.

Then got here the likes of “House Meals Grasp Baek” with celeb restaurateur Baek Jong-won sharing his recipes, “Wednesday Gourmand Assembly” with entertainers and foodies speaking about the perfect eating places on the town and “Three Meals a Day” the place celebrities are taken to a distant location to cook dinner three meals a day utilizing substances they harvest themselves — all on tvN, one other entertainment-focused cable channel.

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A food-oriented cable tv channel, O’reside, additionally showcased the consuming and journey present “Tasty Street,” the chef’s cooking leisure present “Olive Present,” and one other cooking present “What Shall We Eat At this time?” hosted by two celebrities, singer Sung Si-kyung and emcee Shin Dong-yeob.


The most important culinary occasion within the nation was the launch of KOREAT, a Korean restaurant guidebook impressed by the Michelin Information however with a extra clear ranking course of that features publishing an inventory of critics that take part as judges.

The checklist, launched on-line in September, introduced the highest 50 eating places in Korea chosen by a panel of 100 people from food-related fields. Amongst them have been cooks, journalists and restaurateurs.

A portmanteau of “Korea” and “eat,” the KOREAT checklist is barely obtainable on-line and is on the market in three languages Korean, English and Chinese language.

The month following the launch of the checklist, in late October, a competition was held on Jeju throughout which among the eating places listed supplied meals vans for extraordinary individuals to get pleasure from a chew from a few of Korea’s best eating places.

Motion pictures

There weren’t that many food-themed movies this 12 months regardless of the culinary fervor. A noticeable pattern was that a few movies launched years in the past have been launched right here for the primary time, driving on the general public curiosity of delicacies. “Les Saveurs du Palais (Haute Delicacies)” launched in 2012 and “The Journey” launched in 2010 are examples.

“Les Saveurs du Palais (Haute Delicacies)” launched in March domestically, began off the culinary journey in theaters this 12 months.

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The movie featured eye-pleasing French delicacies however was mainly an autobiographical movie based mostly on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch who served because the non-public chef of French President François Mitterrand. It revealed her wrestle to combat her means by way of the male-centered kitchen neighborhood as the one feminine chef within the historical past of the Elysee Palace.

In September, a candy Japanese movie, “An,” about an previous woman making dorayakis (pastries full of candy pink bean paste, referred to as “an” in Korean), was launched, warming the hearts of film audiences.

Then in November got here a road-movie comedy, “The Journey,” which was a gourmand tour movie that includes two well-known British comedians and actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

What may need excited Korean viewers most was the discharge of “Burnt” in late November that includes a star-studded solid consisting of Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Bruehl, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. The movie targeted on the challenges going through a former Michelin two-star chef in pursuit of his third star.