September 26, 2021
3:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Invitation to guests and Contestants after application process (view on website)
7901 Tysons One Place, Tysons, VA 22102
This exciting annual contest highlights the increasing global popularity of Korean food and how K-Food enthusiasts are expanding the culinary landscape! This year, the K-Food Cook-off will challenge local culinary students and K-Food enthusiasts to create their own version of a Korean kimchi dish. Contestants will have 1-hour to create a dish but MUST include kimchi to complete it!
The history of kimchi and Korea are intertwined. Fermenting and preserving cabbage for consumption during the long, harsh winters was once a matter of survival, but kimchi has become a staple of Korea’s culinary and cultural identity. Today, every Korean family has their own recipes and traditions for making and using this versatile superfood, which can now be found in many grocery stores and on menus worldwide.
The K-Food Cook-off is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Food Promotion Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Event partners include the Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner Center and PSAV/Encore.
Judges will evaluate each of the finalists’ dishes on creativity, originality, and Korean influence. While the judges are scoring the dishes, contestants will get to mingle with South Korean embassy officials, RAMW representatives, and prominent chefs from across the DC area.
The awards ceremony will be held on-site at the conclusion of the event. Prizes include:
1st Place: $1,500 + spend a day shadowing an executive chef + prizes
2nd Place: $1,000 + prizes
3rd Place: $500 + prizes