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Kimchi Chronicles: The Fish Chronicles

Airs Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

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

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.

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."
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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."

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.

"Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja (center) and friends enjoy authentic Korean cooking in a restaurant.
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Above: "Kimchi Chronicles" host Marja (center) and friends enjoy authentic Korean cooking in a restaurant.

“The Fish Chronicles” - A peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, Korea is a haven for fish lovers. Marja visits Sokcho, where most of her Korean family resides, to see the gigantic octopus come ashore in Daepo Port. Later, she enjoys a memorable meal of simply grilled shellfish in a seaside restaurant.

In Busan, the world’s fifth-largest port city, Marja and her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, sit down for a meal in the fish market, an experience only rivaled by Jean-Georges’ three-course seafood breakfast inside of Noryangjin, Seoul’s bustling fish market.

In their home kitchen in New York, Marja and Jean-Georges grill shellfish with chili and butter, fry crispy, beer-battered fish and onion rings, and grill whole sea bass flavored with Korean soybean paste and rice ale.

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: The Fish Chronicles

Above: In this episode of "Kimchi Chronicles" Marja explores the coastlines of Korea with Heather Graham. Jean-Georges visits one of the most famous fish markets in the world.

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Kimchi Chronicles Video Contest

Above: Love the cooking segments on the show? Imagine yourself as an aspiring food star? You're in luck because Kimchi Chronicles is launching a video contest this month with exciting giveaways. It's simple: Subscribe to the Kimchi Chronicles Youtube channel, and post a video response of yourself cooking one of Marja's recipes from the Kimchi Chronicles cookbook. The video should be under 5 minutes, and the segment should feature the cookbook. The contest runs from Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, December 9, so be sure to upload your video within this time frame. Please also leave your email along with your video. At stake are exciting prizes from our contest partners, CJ Foods, Hmart.com, and Dramafever, and Rasa Malaysia. Get more information about the contest, the official rules, and a complete list of prizes!