Momofuku emperor David Chang will be joining the NBC Sports crew as a special correspondent during the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this February. According to a press release, the chef/restaurateur will offer an “insider’s look at Korean food, culture, and traditions,“ and he will also participate in “multiple features and discussions.” Chang has never appeared as an NBC correspondent before, but he has logged countless hours of screen time on various talk and cooking shows, as well as on Season 1 of Mind of a Chef.
Close followers of the Changster’s Instagram account may have noticed that the chef was eating his way through South Korea last winter, and documenting his favorite finds with the @nbcolympics handle and the #pyeongchang2018 hashtag.
Onggi ❤️(Korean clay fermentation pots) some of the best fermented goodness Ive ever tasted. An overdue visit to see Korean Buddhist temple food. It's been 7 years since I've been back to seek culinary wisdom of the nuns. only thing thats changed is the fermented food...it's just older and better. 20 year aged soy sauce was knockout. And the aged persimmon vinegar was as good as anything made in Europe. Buddhist nuns know fermentation: deng jang (soy bean), kang jang (soy sauce), gochu jang (chili). @nbcolympics #pyeongchang2018 #koreanfoododdyssey
Arguably no other chef has done more to teach America about Korean food than David Chang. Since the earliest days of the Momofuku group, Chang has folded elements of Korean cuisine into his dishes — sometimes by replicating things he loved to eat as a child, and other times by marrying flavors and techniques to foods from different parts of the world. He’s written extensively about the Korean pantry in the Momofuku book and in various issues of Lucky Peach. And for the last year or so, Chang has been sharing photos and intel about his favorite Korean dishes on Instagram using the hashtag #uglydelicious.
“One of the great things about eating in Korea is that you can find delicious food everywhere, from street food to three-Michelin-star dining,” Chang says in an announcement about his new collaboration with NBC. “It’s an amalgamation of influences from all over the world. It truly doesn’t get more multicultural than this.”
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics will air on NBC on February 9, 2018.
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