Korean Temple Food Philosophy by Zen Buddhist Nun Jeong KwanVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asia Society Culinary Culture Series
Evening Conversation and Tasting
Tea Reception 6:30pm
Conversation and Tasting 7:00pm
Conversation will be conducted in Korean with English Interpretation
The venerable Jeong Kwan, a celebrated chef and Korean Buddhist nun, will share her philosophy of cooking as a spiritual practice in conversation with Mina Park of Sook. Dubbed the "Philosopher Chef", Jeong Kwan is on a journey to share the beauty of Korean Buddhist temple cuisine with an international audience. Korean Buddhist temple food is the embodiment of Buddhist tenets such as compassion, mindfulness, and gratitude, and is inherently local and seasonal, which has touched a chord with the global culinary community. With this event, Jeong Kwan will be addressing a Hong Kong audience for the first time. She will be preparing dosirak (Korean bento boxes), with support from AMMO and Sook, of Korean temple food with ingredients from her temple for the audience.
Jeong Kwan is a Zen Buddhist nun and chef steeped in the Korean Buddhist temple cuisine tradition. She lives and cooks at Chunjinam hermitage at Baekyangsa Temple, 169 miles south of Seoul in South Korea. Earlier this year, she was featured in the third season of the Netflix series Chef's Table which debuted at this year's Berlin Film Festival and has been featured in The New York Times, Guardian, Bon Appetit, and Food and Wine, among other publications.
Mina Park is a chef and founder of Sook, which celebrates Korean food traditions through collaborations, pop-ups, cooking workshops and writing. She is based in Hong Kong and Seoul.