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K-reative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Two Sundays ago, I took a field trip out of the city to spend the day at the sweltering kitchens of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. With my DSLR in tow, I was there to attend and photograph the K-reative Cooking Competition, a student competition produced by my mom on behalf of the Korean Agro-Trade Center to showcase Korean ingredients.

Narrowed down to five teams of six students, only three of the teams competing that day would be making it to New York City the following weekend to attend the Fancy Food Show and demo their winning dishes at the Korean Pavilion.

The Judges


At the judge’s table were Dean Howie Velie, Maangchi, and Professor Michael Pardus, who evaluated each team’s dish based on taste, use of Korean ingredients, creativity, and presentation.

Here’s what went down..

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA
First two teams hard at work

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA
Korean black garlic

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

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Fried kelp chips tossed in cinnamon sugar, a Korean interpretation of churros. This was awesome.

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

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Quail egg stuffed ravioli

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Plating the final dishes

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Buns, freshly steamed and made from scratch.

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

Kreative Cooking Competition at the CIA

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NYC in Hyde Park

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First Place

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Second Place

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Third Place

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Runners Up

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It was amazing to see how each team was able to creatively integrate Korean ingredients into their dishes, all within the two hours they had in the kitchen.  Excited to see what’s next for them after graduation.

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