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Kimchi Chronicles: The Jeju Chronicles

Airs Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

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

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.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, his wife Marja with their daughter Chloe.
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Above: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, his wife Marja with their daughter Chloe.

"The Jeju Chronicles" - In this episode, Jean-Georges teams up with the “Julia Child” of Jeju Island, the Hawaii of Korea and a veritable paradise. They shop for ingredients at the sprawling 5-Day Market and return to an authentic folk village where they cook over open fires.

Later, Jean-Georges and Marja spend an afternoon in the green rolling hills of the Amore Pacific Tea Gardens with their daughter Chloe. Back at home, the Vongerichten family whips up a spicy kimchi jjigae soup and a hearty, healthy seaweed soup topped with crisp slices of pork belly.

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 Jeju Chronicles

Above: Host Marja and chef Jean-Georges explore Jeju Island, the Hawaii of Korea in "The Jeju Chronicles."

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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.