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Kimchi Cook Off Competition 2023


Le Cordon Bleu London is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Kimchi Cook Off competition in partnership with Association Mes Amis (AMA) and global kimchi brand, Jongga.

If you love cooking with kimchi or want to get creative in the kitchen, the Kimchi Cook Off is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. Entrants are challenged to submit innovative recipes encompassing the traditional Korean dish.

AMA’s aim is to promote Korean culture abroad, and in 2017 they launched the Kimchi Festival in Paris, followed by a culinary competition showcasing kimchi in partnership with Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2018.

In 2021, AMA brought the Kimchi Cook Off to London for the first time. The competition was won by Fernando Ortiz Rosas, who made low burn white kimchi, pork belly, avocado, red kimchi jellies and egg yolk. Fernando commented at the time: "As an aspiring chef, this competition has inspired me to experiment with Korean foods other than kimchi, such as gochujang and soy sauce."

The following year Charttrapat Hirunsiri won first place with her coconut kimchi curry and beef recipe, inspired by her time growing up in Thailand and was named a “clear winner” by the judges.

People have enjoyed kimchi in Korea for over 1000 years, and this versatile dish combines five key Korean flavours: sour, bitter, salty, sweet and spicy. The version of kimchi people may be most familiar with is made using cabbage, but there are over 20 types with ingredients varying to reflect the different tastes, seasons and regions of Korea. Kimchi can be combined into a huge range of dishes, so AMA and Le Cordon Bleu are challenging entrants to design a delicious and unique new kimchi dish.

Entering the competition is easy, entrants simply create their recipe, take a picture of the dish and submit the entry following the steps on the Kimchi Cook Off website between July 1st to July 5th, 2023. Ten finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Le Cordon Bleu master chefs, to take part in the final cook off which will take place at Le Cordon Bleu London on Wednesday 19th July 2023. A total of £10,000 in prizes is up for grabs for the winner and runners-up.

View the full competition rules or submit your application now.

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