The New York Preliminaries for the 3rd Annual Global Taste of Korea Contest 2015 was held on Saturday, July 18th at the International Culinary Center of New York. The world’s biggest Korean cuisine cooking competition with preliminary rounds taking place in 17 global locations was hosted by The Korean Cultural Service New York.
At the event, 12 selected candidates were challenged to create new dishes using at least one of the three key condiments of Korean cuisine: Gochujang (red chili paste), Doenjang (soybean paste) and Ganjang (soy sauce).
Contestants presented their signature dishes to the panel of judges, Jeffrey Moon (Chef and International Culinary Center Instructor), Hooni Kim (Chef and owner of Danji and Hanjan), Maangchi (Korean Food blogger) and Christina Chaey (Web editor at Bon Appétit).
Out of all the creative contestants, each with burning passion for Korean cuisine, Marjorie Silva, who presented an exquisite Korean and Latin American fusion dish, was selected as the winner of the contest, to be sent to Korea to compete in the finals in August. The final contest in Korea featuring 17 winners from all over the world will consist of a semi-final round in Jeonju and a grand final in Seoul for a prize of $10,000.