Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Explores the Flavors of Korea

In their new PBS show, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his wife Marja eat their way through Korea

If an exotic vacation isn't in the cards this summer, you can live vicariously through  award-winning chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten as he travels through Korea on his new show Kimchi Chronicles.

Premiering in early July on PBS, Kimchi Chronicles follows Vongerichten and his wife Marja as they explore Korea's foodways and culture, then bring those flavors and techniques back to their home kitchen in New York.

The show
explores bustling Seoul as well as pristine rural areas of Korea, guiding viewers through all aspects of Korean eating, from spicy kimchi (a fermented cabbage dish that accompanies nearly every meal) to bubbling hot pots to savory crisp pancakes known as pajeon.  

Korean meals often involve a table full of large and small dishes, both hot and cold, meant to be shared, lingered over and truly enjoyed. Sizzling rice bowls (bibimbap) and barbecue cooked tableside are only the beginning of the country's vast and fascinating culinary traditions. 

Marja Vongerichten was born in Korea and the country's culinary traditions are near and dear to her heart. Back in the U.S. she invites celebrity friends including Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured above, far left) into her kitchen to create traditional as well as reinvented takes on Korean dishes.

For cooks interested in trying Korean cuisine at home, the Vongerichtens have also penned a companion cookbook, The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen, set to be released August 2.

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