In New Orleans‚ every store‚ home‚ and street is alive with beautiful jazz melodies.
No meal is complete without jazz music! And in this restaurant‚ jazz provides a perfect setting for enjoying Korean food.
[Interview : ] "Actually‚ excellent."
[Interview : ] "I really enjoyed it."
[Interview : ] "It was wonderful."
There's one person who has brought Korean food to the home of jazz!
Meet chef Lee Myeong-suk.
California is home to foods from all over the world! Here‚ chef Lee Myeong-suk works to raise awareness about Korean food.
Chef Lee has students lining up to learn from her. To them‚ she is a chef sent from heaven‚ but she says that her focus is more on raising awareness about Korean food than on the cooking itself.
Her career peaked in the United States‚ but actually began in Japan.
[Interview : Lee Myung-sook‚ President
California Culinary School] "I stared to develop my desire to make the best Korean restaurant in Japan."
Her primary objective was to fight the prejudice that all Korean is salty or spicy. Ten years later‚ she became the first Korean chef to appear on a star chef food program.
Her career met a turning point in the United States when she taught star chefs from all over the world how to make kimchi and Korean wraps. After that‚ Chef Lee devoted her career to spreading appreciation of Korean food.
She travels wherever there are people interested in Korean food. Today‚ her destination is New Orleans.
But we find Chef Lee listening to music‚ and not in the kitchen! Why is she spending precious hours listening to music[Interview : Lee Myung-sook‚ President
California Culinary School] " I'll try to apply the rhythm into my food. In particular‚ he will come and sing for our dinner."
She chooses palace foods from the Joseon Dynasty to serve with the music of Tim Laughlin. Thirteen dishes will be prepared‚ including rare delicacies like barbeque with wild ginseng sauce‚ and "bo kimchi" made with seafood and fruits.
[Interview : ] "Hi‚ my name is John Besh."
John Besh has come to experience Lee's famous food.
Star chef John Besh is one of the top ten chefs in the United States. He recently became interested in Korean food‚ and began developing fusion dishes with Korean chefs learning under him.
Chef Besh decides to take this opportunity to learn about Korean food from a true master. He tries his hand at miljeonbyeong[밀전병]‚ thin flour and vegetable pancakes. Will he succeed at this dish‚ known for being difficult to make[Interview : ] "He made the same just after few minutes. He is a genuine professional. It's so crunchy and delicious."
Chef Lee personally prepares gul bossam‚ a oyster wrap‚ as a sign of gratitude.
[Interview : ] "I'm a king today."
Chef Besh eagerly tries a bite.
He turns very‚ very red. He must have bitten into the kimchi!
He has fallen in love with the bossam.
He stops working to eatand eat some more.
How does Chef Besh feel about Korean food[Interview : John Besh‚ Chef] "You know it's fascinating. Everything that I tasted so far was very healthy. It was very good for the body. But‚ it's also taste so incredible."
A special feast is held for chefs and journalists who are known for being picky eaters! Will they be satisfied with their first taste of Korean food[Interview : ] "ready go~"
It's hard to believe that this food is Korean! The guests admire the food even before they dig in. They don't hesitate to enjoy the food.
The guests have no trouble eating the spicy oyster wraps that had been so highly praised by John Besh. They all enjoy the meeting of Chef Lee's Korean food with Laughlin's jazz. What is their opinion of Korean palace food[Interview : Jennifer Besh‚ Wife John Besh‚ Chef] "Everybody's reaction. Flavors‚ spicy‚ sweet‚