The Third Annual Korean BBQ Cook-off!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

If I wasn't doing things like work, eating, and trying to do nothing, I would definitely be there in a flash.

On Saturday, August 6th, The Third Annual Korean BBQ Cook-off presented by the Korean American Coalition will showcase the best Korean BBQ dishes by local Koreatown restaurants and vendors. Following the success of last year’s Cook-off, which drew over 8,000 eager fans, this year’s event will continue the annual tradition by closing down Hobart in between Wilshire and 7th St. Think Koreatown Block Party with a Orion Choco Pie eating contest, a live performance by YouTube sensation Dumbfoundead and the Ktown Top Grill Master Cook-off which features four local chefs who will compete for a $1,000 cash prize and the title of Top Grill Master. Visit for more information.


- Jonathan Gold is a well-respected and longtime food critic for L.A. Weekly. He has previously written for the Los Angeles Times and Gourmet Magazine, among many others. In 2007, he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize.

- Simon Majumdar, author of the critically acclaimed book Eat My Globe. Simon has also been seen on such shows as Iron Chef America, the Next Iron Chef and the new Food Network series, Extreme Chef.

- James Kyson-Lee, is a prominent actor, well known for his role of Ando Masahashi on the NBC television series, Heroes. He has also landed roles in television and film, including The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hawaii Five-O, among many others.

- Ambassador Yeon-sung Shin, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Los Angeles office.

COOK-OFF CHEFS: (Chef bios at

- Pat Chung
- Hogan Lee
- Wesley Lieberher
- Chris Oh
- Robert Park (runner-up)

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

- 1:00 pm – All-You-Can-Eat Choco Pie contest, sponsored by Orion
- 2:30 pm – Special performance by Dumbfoundead, rapper
- 4:00 pm – Cook-Off competition
- 5:30 pm – Awards ceremony

WHERE: The event will take place on S. Hobart Blvd., between Wilshire Blvd and 7th St.


- Free admission
- All plates will be sold for $5-$15 each (cash only)
- Korean wine and craft beer garden
- Parking will be $5 flat rate at 3660 Wilshire or 3640 Wilshire
- Vendors include: Park’s BBQ, 8 Colorful Flavors of Pork – Samgyupsal, BCD Tofu House, Seoul Sausage, and more!