Recently, western food has peaked the interest of those living in the land of kimchi. It's certain that Seoul's own Edward Kwon has had something to do with it. As the first celebrity chef of Korea, Kwon has created a food frenzy with his restaurants and culinary projects in the city. Having worked as a top chef in the ritziest hotels of America, Asia, and the Middle East, he has the knowledge and the passion to glamorize the food business and convert the average Kim into a bona fide foodie.
I had actually never heard of him until I got the opportunity to appear as a 'guest judge' on an episode of his television show, "Yes Chef." The show is now in its second season on QTV and is very similar to America's "Top Chef" in that it's a cooking competition made up of high pressure challenges with a nice monetary prize for the winner. In the first season, Kwon quickly gained the reputation of being Korea's own Gordon Ramsey with his bad temper and impossible-to-please attitude. There were about 30 other foreigners invited to participate in the filming and we caught our first glimpse of Kwon while waiting to be seated. "I'm sooo fucking tired!" were the first words he said as he pushed through the doors while passing to the kitchen where the two teams of chefs were preparing our meals. He was quick to shoot us a friendly a smile upon noticing us and threw in a bit of flattery, "Wow... look at all these beautiful women!" It was a good save; I'm sure he's a charmer outside the kitchen.