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2020 K-Food Cook-Off with K-Seafood

September 1, 2020

The 2020 K-FOOD Cook-Off with K-Seafood will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner Center on Sunday, September 27th, 2020, 3-6pm.

This event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Food Promotion Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Oceans and Fishery and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Event partners include the Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner Center.

The purpose of this contest is to highlight the increasing global popularity of Korean food and show how K-Food enthusiasts are using their knowledge to expand the culinary landscape! This year, the K-Food Cook-Off will feature local culinary students and K-Food enthusiasts displaying their expertise in creating their own version of a Korean seafood dish.

This year, an extraordinary group of culinary experts will judge the contest: The judges are Chef Bertrand Chemel, Executive Chef at 2941 Restaurant, Chef Dan Dienemann, Executive Chef at Barrel and Bushel at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, and Kyoo Eom, former Executive Chef of Dirty Habit Restaurant at the Hotel Monaco, Washington, DC.  Also, Angel Barretto, 2018 winner of the K-Food Chef Contest and Executive Chef at Anju Restaurant in Washington, DC.

  • 1st Place: $1,000 + prizes + Spend a day with an executive chef + K-Seafood goodies
  • 2nd Place: $500 + prizes + K-Seafood goodies
  • 3rd Place: $300 + prizes + K-Seafood goodies
  • K-Food & K-Seafood Goodies: For the first 10 registrants
  • Social Media Prize: Cosori air fryer for the finalist with the most “LIKES” by Oct.15

Testimonials from prior year winners:

“I Love Korean Food! After winning a Korean food cooking competition in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea for a four-day whirlwind tour! This provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about Korean cuisine and Korean culture. From culinary classes to tours of the royal Palace, the traditional Bukchon Hanok wooden village, and modern shopping districts, I enjoyed becoming immersed in Korean culture. The Royal Korean meal served banquet style that we shared with our tour guides and other culinary competition winners was a delicious highlight of the trip. I look forward to my next trip to Korea!”  -- Chef Scott Drewno, 2017 K-Food Chef Contest Winner

“I am excited to give back to a program that helped me gain some inspiration for Anju. Korean food for me is unique because of the important use of fermented and pickled foods. They show skill in the use of preservation of foods. Also a great respect of the ingredients to help capture the true essence of the item." – Chef Angel Barrett, 2018 K-Food Chef Contest Winner

The awards ceremony and a light social distance reception will immediately follow the Cook-Off. Ministers from the Korean Embassy and the judges will deliver the prizes.

 This is an invitation only event. Onsite press pass will be available on the day of the event (please reserve in advance)  For additional information, contact Mihae Kim Stefani at
703 255 3900/703.401.4705 or and visit

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