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Kimchi Chronicles, a new Korean cooking and culture program, premieres in August on KET
KIMCHI CHRONICLES follows acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his Korean-born wife Marja as they explore and celebrate Korea's cuisine and culture in the company of chefs, home cooks and their good friend, actress Heather Graham (pictured).
KIMCHI CHRONICLES follows acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his Korean-born wife Marja as they explore and celebrate Korea's cuisine and culture in the company of chefs, home cooks and their good friend, actress Heather Graham (pictured).
Marja and Jean-Georges return to their country kitchen in Westchester, New York to re-create some of their favorite recipes alongside their neighbors, actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deb (both pictured).
Marja and Jean-Georges return to their country kitchen in Westchester, New York to re-create some of their favorite recipes alongside their neighbors, actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deb (both pictured).
Jean-Georges demonstrates his command of simple, flavorful combinations by creating new dishes inspired by the Korean pantry.
Jean-Georges demonstrates his command of simple, flavorful combinations by creating new dishes inspired by the Korean pantry.

Korean cuisine will soon enter viewers’ living rooms, and hopefully their kitchen tables, when KET begins airing Kimchi Chronicles in August. Kimchi Chronicles is part travelogue, part Korean food fantasy, and part documentary of self-discovery. The program airs on Wednesdays at 4/3 p.m. CT on KET2, beginning August 17.

Kimchi Chronicles follows acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his Korean-born wife Marja as they explore and celebrate Korea’s cuisine and culture in the company of chefs, home cooks and their good friend, actress Heather Graham.

In each episode, Marja and Jean-Georges step into restaurants and home kitchens to experience real, authentic Korean cooking. They visit every corner of the country—from the rolling hills of Jeju Island’s green tea gardens to a sprawling market in Seoul pulsating with activity, all the way to the thriving seaport in Sokcho, just 10 miles from North Korea.

Then, Marja and Jean-Georges return to their country kitchen in Westchester, N.Y, to re-create some of their favorite recipes, often in the company of their real-life neighbors, actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deb.

The program focuses on the uniqueness of Korean cuisine. Korean food isn’t shy. It’s all about loud, punchy flavors. It’s about the huge variety of side dishes, and it’s about communal eating, where one dish in the middle serves all. It’s healthy, satisfying and distinctive. And with Kimchi Chronicles, it can become part of any family’s menu.

Each episode is categorized and named according to a specific food, such as “The Beef Chronicles,” “The Noodle and Dumpling Chronicles” and “The Street Food Chronicles." Each segment introduces the viewer to farms, home kitchens, restaurants, markets, temples and even theme parks that best represent a specific dish and culture.


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