Both Korean 1 and 4 students were fortunate to spend one class period learning the art of kimbap from Chef Rock Kim, a nationally ranked chef in Korea. The Korean government generously funded this special lesson that granted the students a new perspective on Korean culture.
Freshman Julia Kim said, “It was interesting to learn something I’ve never had the chance of learning.”
Kimbap is a well-known Korean dish made from rice and other ingredients rolled in seaweed. According to Chef Rock, kimbap is underlooked because it is so commonly eaten. But he believes that there is something special about kimbap because it is capable of accommodating different kinds of food. By experimenting with different ingredients to incorporate inside the kimbap for over seven years, he has created over two hundred different types of kimbap for his restaurant and the group lessons he teaches.
While living in London, New York, Tokyo, and Korea, Chef Rock was able to develop his skill in making unique, high quality kimbap. Chef Rock is a famous chef who became a part of the Nation Culinary team in 2014. He is the food director and head chef for important upcoming Korean cultural events, such as the K-pop concert and the national DJ show in Korea. In the culinary World Cup, Chef Rock won two bronze medals along with a certificate acknowledging his culinary skills. Some chefs balk if they’re labeled as a one-trick pony, but Chef Rock embraces it.
“I am very happy when I am called as a kimbap chef more than anything that I’ve accomplished,” he explained. He has the one and only “kimbap certificate” in the world.
Sophomore William Choi said, “I was impressed by all the awards and reputation he gained in Korea. He seemed like a Korean celebrity.”
Throughout his presentation, Chef Rock did not fail to express his passion for making kimbap. As he put it, “Kimbap is not only a type of food; it is a key part of Korean culture.”
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