Three home chefs from throughout the usa converged in downtown Los Angeles at Yangban Society on Thursday to compete for a coins prize and the threat to have their dish featured at the menu of the restaurant, which changed into just named one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2022 via Bon Appetit mag.

Hosted through the Korea Agro-Fisheries and meals exchange company at Center LA, the K-Food Lovers Cook-Off is part of the K-Food Lovers initiative that invitations all those interested in discovering and getting to know approximately Korean cuisine and substances to enroll in K-Food Supporters, a network of Korean meals lovers nationwide.

Of the contestants from throughout the U.S. Who submitted recipes and videos, 3 finalists were chosen for the downtown smackdown.


Hector De Haro of Glendale supplied Kimchi Poseidon Waffle packed with kimchi and the brine, scallions, shrimp, cockles, gochujang, ginger, serrano chile and three kinds of flour —- all-cause, rice, and potato starch. Presentation blanketed a aspect of rice wine.

Latesha James from Alexandria, Virginia grilled up a Kimchi Bulgogi Burger topped with beef stomach, and Dong Hyun Kim from San Francisco, a vegan K-Mush K-Asserole of mushrooms and Asian pear over rice.

The first-region winner of the opposition, for which the contestants across america submitted movies of home cooks cooking Korean-inspired recipes, took home $2,000 and will have their recipe featured on Yangban Society’s menu for a confined time. The 2nd-area winner scored $seven hundred, and 1/3 garnered $three hundred.

An intimidating lineup of judges blanketed big name Yangban owners Katianna and John Hong, as well as superstar chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke of Republique, Jason Neroni of Rose Café, and New York’s Iron Chef Esther Choi.

While the cooks cooked, Yangban Society bites like its signature sweet and spicy wings and Korean sausage with sauerkraut in mustard sauce saved spectators and judges occupied. After forty five minutes of severe opposition below challenging circumstances and honest criticism from the judges, an L.A. Winner emerged.

Glendale’s De Haro, whose day activity is sincerely as a lawyer, came in first; James took 2d vicinity; and Kim, third.

“I love Korean pancakes,” De Haro told L.A. Weekly, as he basked in the notion of having his dish officially featured at the Yangban Society menu. “I make the ones pretty regularly, and got a brand new waffle iron a little at the same time as in the past and needed to parent out something to do with it, and this just came to thoughts.”

So what’s he going to do with the grand prize?

“Buy extra kitchen toys, that is what I do with maximum of my money already,” the winner admitted.


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