Posted on 08 August 2011 by Audrey Yun-Suong
In the heart of K-town, on Wilshire and Hobart, an epic Korean BBQ Cook-Off war was raging. As hungry locals waited in long lines to get a taste of the goods, the chefs took to their grills and began preparing. Restaurants such as Park’s BBQ, Palsaik and Don Dae Gam set up under cabanas along the street and sold plates of meat and banchan (side dishes). Beer Belly was there as well working the beer garden from their truck with convenient tap handles along the side with dark Stone IPA beers and lighter apple cider beers. If one contest wasn’t enough, the event also hosted a Choco Pie eating contest — which may have been a little too much for the crowd of full onlookers.
Chefs Pat Chung, Chris Oh, Hogan Lee, and Wesley Lieberher were the four contestants competing for the title. They presented their best to the panel of judges which included L.A. Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold, Heros actor James Kyson Lee and Simon Majumdar, a judge on The Next Iron Chef. In the end, it was Wesley Lieberher (executive chef at Beer Belly) who took home the trophy and showed everyone that non-Korean folks can cook Korean food just as good as Koreans do. We’d like to congratulate Wesley and Beer Belly on his win! Well deserved.
Some of Koreatown’s finest were also at the Cook-off…
Dumbfoundead and his crew.
Beats Per Mnet host Paul ‘PK‘ Kim (who MC’d the event) with Rick Lee (a.k.a Lyricks)
[Photo of Wesley: theREALbck on yfrog; 1st photo, Dumbfoundead/PK and Lyricks: Audrey Yun-Suong]
Posted on 20 July 2011 by Christine Y. Chung
The Korean American Coalition of Los Angeles (KACLA) is holding its third annual Korean BBQ Cook-Off this year, and the search is on for L.A.’s finest grillers. Aspiring grill masters are invited to an open audition on Saturday, June 23 at 9 am to show off their BBQ prowess. Participants need not be professional chefs, but anybody with a passion for Korean BBQ is encouraged to apply.
Contestants should bring a pre-cooked Korean BBQ inspired dish (meat/protein), and a complementary side dish. The top 4 chefs will move on to compete at the official Cook-Off on August 6th, where dishes will be presented to an exciting panel of celebrity judges including Dexter actor C.S. Lee, TasteSpotting’s Sarah Gim, and James Kyson Lee (Heroes). The winner will not only be awarded a cash prize, but also the glory of the title of “Top Grill Master.”
Korean BBQ Cook-Off Open Audition
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
MaDang Courtyard (621 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA)
For more info, go to: http://kbbqcookoff.com/
Those interested in volunteering at the Cook-Off are also welcome, with the only requirements being 18+ and attendance at an orientation held a week before. In addition to a delicious free meal, volunteers will also go home with their very own Korean BBQ T-shirt. The deadline to apply as a volunteer is July 26, and the application is available online.
[Photo: Kwirius Photography/KBBQCook-Off]
Posted on 07 July 2011 by Melissah Yang
The Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles (KACLA) is gearing up for its highly anticipated annual Korean BBQ Cook-off in L.A.’s Koreatown. This Cook-Off is like no other; in fact, it’s every meat-lover’s fantasy! On August 6th, all of the major Korean BBQ eateries in Koreatown will come together and showcase their culinary recipes and skills to the Los Angeles community. In one day and in one location, you can try all of the best Korean BBQ that K-town has to offer!
KACLA is currently looking for 100 volunteers, so please sign up to help! Volunteers must be 18+ and be available to attend the Volunteer Orientation the week before the event. Not only do you get to participate in one of the coolest food celebrations ever, all volunteers will receive a free meal and a commemorative Korean BBQ Cook-Off T-shirt!
To learn how you can sign up to be a volunteer, click here. Deadline to apply is July 26th.
For more information about the Cook-Off, check out KACLA’s website and Facebook.
[Photo: KACLA Website]