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Kimchi Chronicles: The Kimchi Chronicles Begin

Airs Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Deborra-Lee Furness, host Marja Vongerichten, actor Hugh Jackman and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten re-create some of their favorite recipes in a country kitchen in Westchester, New York for "Kimchi Chronicles."

"Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja and guest star Heather Graham take a spiritual tour of Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul.
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Above: "Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja and guest star Heather Graham take a spiritual tour of Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul.

Host Marja and husband, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, at the Amore Pacific Tea Gardens in Jeju Island.
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Above: Host Marja and husband, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, at the Amore Pacific Tea Gardens in Jeju Island.

Part travelogue, part food fantasy and part documentary of self-discovery, the public television series "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. Going straight to the source to find the best of Korea, 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, New York to re-create some of their favorite recipes alongside their neighbors, actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deb. Jean-Georges also demonstrates his command of simple, flavorful combinations by creating new dishes inspired by the Korean pantry.

“The Kimchi Chronicles Begin” - The premiere episode introduces the basics of Korean cooking, beginning with, of course, kimchi. Jean-Georges and Marja are joined in the kitchen by their real-life neighbors, actors Hugh and Deb Jackman. Together, they prepare two iconic Korean dishes — bibimbap, beef bulgogi and barbeque that can rival Texas. Then, preview the remaining 12 episodes.

Visit the "Kimchi Chronicles" blog for the latest news about the show. "Kimchi Chronicles" is on Facebook, and you can follow @KimchiTV on Twitter.

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Preview: Kimchi Chronicles

Above: A sneak preview of the upcoming Public Television Series "Kimchi Chronicles" starring Marja Vongerichten and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The series is a food and travel show that discovers Korean food and culture over a 13 episode journey. Guest stars include Hugh and Deb Jackman and Heather Graham.

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Preview Episode One: The Kimchi Chronicles Begin

Above: An introduction to the basics of Korean cooking starting with, of course, kimchi. Jean-Georges and Marja are joined in the kitchen by their real-life neighbors, actors Hugh and Deb Jackman. Together they prepare two iconic Korean dishes—bibimbap and beef bulgogi and check out barbeque that can rival Texas. "The Kimchi Chronicles Begin" will also take a look ahead at the remaining twelve episodes. Tune in to see if Wolverine can handle the heat of the Korean kitchen.

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