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


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The results for the Inaugural Lunchtime Korean Cooking Class Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes are in for 2013.

1st Place: Fiorente drawn by Dylan Grant

2nd Place: Red Cadeaux drawn by Madeleine Grant

3rd Place: Mount Athos drawn by Athol “Ax” (Sells The Big Issue Corner of Elizabeth and Market Streets, Sydney.)

Last Place drawn by the ladies at The KCO

This year, the results favoured my family (My son and daughter came 1st and 2nd, winning $90)

Given this good fortune, my wife Sandra and I have chosen to donate the money to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. Click on the photo to get more information.
About Lifehouse

We picked the Lifehouse at RPA because Sandra is walking 60 km this weekend (9th-10th November, 2013)  to “change the world”.

End Cancer
Sandra Grant – owner at St James Pharmacy – is walking to end women’s cancer.

“My mother Maria was a survivor. She was one of the bravest souls I have ever met. Sadly, non hodgkins lymphoma took her life after a battle of fifteen years. She taught me about courage and tenacity, and the will to live for the sake of her family”
Please donate by clicking here.

Sandra St-JamesSandra Grant, walking “In Her Mum’s Footsteps”

This post proudly sponsored by St James Pharmacy.