Rice Cake (tteok, or duk, or dduk) Making Competition for foreigners with 4.8 million won in prizes

Hey everyone, I am helping the Institute for Korean traditional foods organize this event and I would like to invite you all to participate. They will have a rice cake making competition at the aT (the Agro and Trade Center in Yangjae.) on Friday, May 8th. This will be an all day event and they will have a competition for Koreans and for Foreigners. The foreigners will have a separate competition that will be held from 5-6 that day. They will invite 40 participants and the 40 have to make the rice cake at the competition and then serve it. I know that many people have to work on Friday and I'm working on trying to get the day switched to Saturday. I'll let you know if that is possible or not.

The rice cakes will be judged for:

Sanitation: 10pts, Kitchen Technique: 20pts,
Taste: 10pts, Color: 10 pts, Presentation: 10pts, Originality: 20pts,
Potential for Global marketability 20pts

Think of this as the Iron Chef for rice cake. The winner will not only get fame, they will also win 2,000,000 won. You heard me correctly. 2 million won. The Second Place winner will win 1 million won, Third Place 500,000, and fourth 300,000. Not bad huh?

E-mail at seouleats@gmail.com and I'll send you the application form.

And I am aware that many of you might not have ever made rice cake before, so if you come to the institute on April 11th at 3pm, they will be having a free class. I'll post the directions below.

I'll have more information on this soon,


평생교육원 및 질시루 본사점
지하철 : 1, 3, 5호선 종로3가역 6번출구 도보 3분거리

Subway, Jongro 3-ga exit 6 walk out and walk about three minutes. You'll see the institute on the left.

버스 : 창덕궁 하차 (버스노선 : 109,151,162,171,172)
질시루 인사점
지하철 : 3호선 안국역 3번출구 도보 5분거리

You can also go out Anguk Station exit 3 and walk about 5 minutes.

버스 : 종로경찰서 하차 인사동 거리(버스노선 : 109, 161,160)

The 7th Seoul International Tteok Fair 2009

And here is their write up on the competition
Making Korean Rice Cake - 'Tteok' Competition

“The 7th Seoul International Tteok Fair 2009, Korean Rice Cake - 'Tteok' Competition” will be held by the Institute of Traditional Korean Foods. The goal is the popularization and globalization of traditional Korean rice cake, 'tteok,' and to showcase its innovations and new trends. This competition hopes to encourage and promote the Korean rice cake, with the goal of growth in the related industry. This event will increase general interests and awareness in Korean rice cakes while sharing the rich heritage of Korean cuisine with others.

This competition is a great opportunity for industry professionals, amateurs, and students to display their talent and creativity in a professional manner. We can’t wait for your active participation in this exciting event!

'Tteok' Competition - Details for Participation

1. Application Process

◆ Categories for Participation

1. Individual-based

Student : High School students, College students
Amateur : People who are interested in Tteok
Professional : Certified cooks or chefs who currently work in the related industry of traditional Korean foods or tteok
Foreigner : Foreigners who reside in and out of Korea
2. Team –based (no more than 4 people) - 1)Family Team 2) Children Team 3) Friends Team

◆ Steps to Participation

1. Submit the completed application by April 11, 2009 (Sat)

2. The application can be downloaded at the homepage. (www.kfr.or.kr)

3. All applications should be submitted by following methods:

Visit the location: The Institute of Traditional Korean Food, 7th Floor
Registration by Mail to 164-2, Waryong-dong, Chongro-gu, Seoul, 110-360
On-line Registration -
Download the application at www.kfr.or.kr
Send the completed application to ricecake2009@hanmail.net
※ When register either by mail or on-line, you should confirm your registration by calling at 02-741-5477

You can also submit the application at the preliminary meeting on April 11, 2009.

4. Required Document : Completed application with a portrait shot attached (can be in JPG file).

5. Preliminary meeting for the participants will be held on April 11, 2009 (Sat), 3 PM at the Institute of Traditional Korean Food.

6. The participants will reproduce the submitted menu at the competition.

7. Judging Criteria :

Sanitation: 10pts, Kitchen Technique: 20pts,

Taste: 10pts, Color: 10 pts, Presentation: 10pts, Originality: 20pts,

Potential for Global marketability 20pts

2. Preliminary Meeting for the Participants

◆ Date & Place : April 11, 2009 (Sat) at 3 PM

Institute of Traditional Korean Food

◆ The instructors at the Institute will give a lecture on the basic knowledge of making Korean rice cakes free of charge and give the detailed information about participating at the competition. Anybody who wants to compete should come to the meeting for new recipe ideas!

3. Main Competition (Individual-Based)

◆ Date : May 8, 2009 (Fri)

◆ Place : aT Center in Yangje-dong, 2nd Exhibition Hall

◆ Award Ceremony : May 8, 2009 (Fri), 5:30 PM

Schedule May 8, 2009 (Fri)
9:00 ~ 10:00 11:00 ~ 12:00 13:00 ~ 14:00 15:00 ~ 16:00
Category Student
(High school, College students)
(People who are interested in making Tteok)
(Professionals who work in the related fields)
Foreigners who reside in and out of Korea

4. Special Competition (Team-Based)

Date : May 9, 2009 (Sat)
Place : aT Center in Yangje-dong, 2nd Exhibition Hall
Award Ceremony : May 9th, 2009 (Sat), 4:30 PM
Schedule May 9, 2009 (Sat) Award
10:00 ~ 11:00 12:00 ~ 13:00 14:00 ~ 15:00
Category Family Team Children Team Friends Team Awards and Prizes

◆ Hosted by : Institute of Traditional Korean Food

Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation

◆ Sponsored by : Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Seoul Metropolitan Government


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