Kimchi Chronicles: The Fish Chronicles
Airs Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, October 20, 2011
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 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.