Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Inspirational Chef's Tour: Day 1 and 2
My company was given a seemingly impossible task. Introduce all that Korea has to offer in 5 days to a group of 14 food professionals from Holland. Three of the members were Michelin-starred chefs: Moshik Rot, Akira Oshima and Gerrit Gerveling. I have had the opportunity to tour other star chefs in the past and I know they can be quite particular. The group was looking for a tour that would show them all the Korean food secrets the country had to offer. They wanted to meet with top chefs, they wanted to explore the farms and the food production areas and they wanted to have fun. A lot of fun. Luckily our company was up to the task.
On the first few days, we explored Seoul. We went to the traditional markets and the new modern markets (SSG). They also took cooking classes at our cooking school and at the North Korean Institute for Korean food. We also had a high-end dinner at Korea's contemporary Korean restaurant: Jungsikdang where the chef prepared a special meal for the group.
You would think after full days of eating, the group would have been tired but at night they went partying at some of Seoul's hottest clubs where we might have all gotten a little...excited.
It was a good start to the beginning of 5 days of Korea. After Seoul we went to Jeonju, Busan, Andong and Chuncheon. We did this all without causing an international incident. More pictures to follow.