Korean Cooking Competition in Sydney – July, 2013

So after an appropriate gestation – yes, it’s been 9 months – here are the finalists.

This contest was open to non-Korean background Australians.

Sixteen cooks and would be cooks, chefs and would be chefs came together for a chance to chop, fry, bake and stir their way to the land that PSY (almost) forgot – Korea.

The contest revolved around the distinctive Korean ingredient Kimchi and featured a table laid out with some of the various versions of this pickled delight (and yes – you may have thought – like I once did – there was only a single type of Kimchi).

Alas, there are many – “Fresh”, “Aged”, “Ponytail” (which contains no cabbage whatsoever) – the list goes on – Korean cuisine really is endlessly surprising!

Belated congratulations to all the contestants – it was my first time in one of these reality TV cooking contests (Korean TV was there) and was such an intense buzz.

Met some genuinely lovely people that day! :-} Gave me a new appreciation for fellow newbie folk trying their hand in shows such as #MyKitchenRules and #MasterChef. (hash tag appropriate)

The brief was simple – cook a “signature” dish – with Kimchi as the feature ingredient. This produced some fascinating and (at least of the ones I sampled) delicious dishes. Here are the entries – alphabetised by first name.

  1. Chik Foo – Sambal sotong Seoul style
  2. Craig Burbery – KBLT (Kimchi Bulgogi Lettuce Tomato)
  3. David Ralph – Cabbage kimchi consomme with tofu and kimchi stuffed squid with minari salsa
  4. Deborah Morgan –Kimchi and Capsicum Quiche
  5. Jason To Kimchi Chinese Egg Rolls
  6. Jeff Brady – Caramelised Kimchi and Apple Sesame Crumble
  7. Kyria Morgan – Kimchi and Mushroom Potato Bake
  8. Marion Heathcote – Kimchi Chou Farci
  9. Martine Shelton – Chicken and Kimchi Puff Pastry with Kimchi Tomato Relish
  10. Michael Sik – pulled pork and kimchi-slaw slider
  11. Nicole Storey – Pork and Kimchi Pies
  12. Ryan Benson – Korean tasting Plate, Korean Cocktail
  13. Steve Grant – Kimchi Sarma
  14. Teerada Jung – Kimchi Tom Yum Soup and Gochujang marinade prawn skewers
  15. Wee Lynn Teo – Double Kimchicken Peanut Butter Pie
  16. William Hird – Kimchi shakshuka

Unfortunately I was unable to obtain photos of all the entries. If your signature kimchi dish is missing – please email me steve@stjamespharmacy.com.au or tweet @steveskorean or plus me up on Google http://goo.gl/9dwGe7

If you would like to forward a brief description of your dish (140 characters) I’ll post that, too! 

1st David Ralph 2nd Marion Heathcote 3rd Michael Sik 4th Martine Shelton

1st David Ralph
2nd Marion Heathcote
3rd Michael Sik
4th Martine Shelton


2 thoughts on “Korean Cooking Competition in Sydney – July, 2013

  1. Reblogged this on Feasting in the Know and commented:
    Thanks to pharmacist-cum-cook-cum-comedian Steve for writing about the K-food kimchi competition. I could devour any of those dishes for breakfast…yes, even the doubly pungent sambal kimchi squid!

    As befits a champion, the winner David Ralph has gone on to open his own Korean restaurant in Sydney (as if his plate wasn’t already full, being the owner and operator of chocolatier Kakawa).

    Kudos to David for receiving – so early in the life of his Kim Restaurant – a hearty stamp of approval from knowledgeable food writer Terry Durack in the Sydney Morning Herald:

    When Mr Durack says the “worst bit” is the lack of wet weather seating at the restaurant, you know the food is stunning.

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