Country Spotlight on South Korea

New Korean Cuisine was the first event in our Country Spotlight series, which presents a fresh and diverse view of selected countries, and was presented as part of the Korean Consulate General’s KoreaWeek programming.  We thank the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea for their support. 

The evening began with soprano Yoongeong Lee, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions San Francisco district and a recipient of the Encouragement Award in the Western Region. Ms. Lee made her debut at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall as a soprano soloist in Carmina Burana in 2017. 

The program featured moderator Mirka Knaster, a renowned textile artist and chefs JiYoung Park and Nick Yoon.  JiYoung Park was born in Seoul, Korea and has been teaching Korean cooking classes since 2007 in Tokyo, Seoul and now SF. You can find out more on Parkskitchen.com.  Nick Yoon has more than fifteen years experience at world-renowned hotels and restaurants including the Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, The President Hotel, and Namu at the W Hotel. Born and raised in Seoul, he specializes in contemporary Asian cuisine at Surisan in Fisherman’s Wharf.

The chefs discussed their food journeys, what they cook at home, and how to make two of the four dishes they brought for audience tasting. The audience sampled Korean Kimchi Dumpling with Bonito Soup, Kimchi Shakshuka with Potato Gnocchi, Savory Buckwheat Pancake, and Rainbow Shrimp Salad.  Stay tuned for our next Country Spotlight.