Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark Celebrate Korean Cuisine with Taste of Chicago Sister Cities: Busan

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CHICAGO (August 1, 2013) – Chicago Sister Cities International continues its tradition of creating global relationships through cultural connections with Taste of Chicago Sister Cities: Busan. Chicago food lovers will have the opportunity to dine on a five-course Korean feast prepared by renowned Chicago husband and wife chef team Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark.

The Busan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, in partnership with Kendall College, presents Taste of Chicago Sister Cities: Busan on Monday, September 9, 2013 from 6–9 p.m. in the Dining Room at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch Street. A wine and appetizer reception will take place from 6–7 p.m. followed by the sit-down dinner.

Tickets to the event are $100 and are available for purchase at Tickets include the dinner, reception and wine. Proceeds benefit the cultural initiatives of the Busan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.

Chefs Kim and Clark will create the meal in collaboration with Kendall College’s Monday Night Dining Series class, providing an educational experience while astounding diners’ taste buds.

pacific kushi oyster, korean melon and soju granita

First Course
mackerel, sesame salad, gardiniere, shiso

Second Course
flash cooked squid, gochujang, pickled onion, pomelo, charred scallion

Third Course
swan creek farm chicken roulade, chicken fat sticky rice, confit garlic, jujube dates, consomme

Fourth Course
smoked ny strip, savoy cabbage, yuzu kosho, bone marrow, roasted garlic ssamjang

Last Course
cured egg yolk, chrysanthemum pavlova, citrus curd, white peaches

Beverly Kim
Chef Beverly Kim has enjoyed an illustrious career, working at some of Chicago’s premiere restaurants and hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Charlie Trotter’s, Red Light, Opera and Aria. Influenced by her mother’s cooking, her culinary style is modern Asian cuisine that incorporates many locally sourced products. She studied at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts and has spent time visiting and studying the culinary scene of South Korea and Japan. She spent two months eating out around Seoul, taking Korean Royal Cuisine classes, and staging at Shilla Hotel and Top Cloud restaurant. Stops in Tokyo and Kyoto gave her a further immersion into Japanese food culture. She was a contestant on Top Chef Season 9, finishing fourth overall and was the first winner of the program’s companion series Last Chance Kitchen.

Johnny Clark
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Chef Johnny Clark got his start in the restaurant industry at the age of 15. After working at a number of local favorites in Cincinnati, he decided to attend the

Culinary Institute of America and headed to New York. After graduating, he spent the next eight years working in some of New York’s finest restaurants, including such notables as La Côte Basque and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town. He continued with stints at Aureole in Las Vegas and Pigall’s in Cincinnati and staged in a rustic pastry shop in the countryside of Alsace, France.

He has worked in Korea for Chef Yim Gi Ho at his rural nature-focused restaurant, Sandang, where he learned to incorporate the nature philosophy into his methods to create a cuisine all his own.

Situated on the coast at the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is South Korea’s second largest city and has the country’s largest beach, longest river and largest port. It has long been a capital for cultural, entertainment, recreational and sporting events in Asia. The city’s vibrant culinary scene is heavily influenced by its coastal location and encompasses the full history of the Korean peninsula—from centuries-old food traditions to modern gastronomic creations.

Taste of Chicago Sister Cities
Taste of Chicago Sister Cities, the ongoing culinary series of Chicago Sister Cities International, highlights the ethnic cuisine, dining traditions and modern food interpretations of Chicago’s 28 sister cities. Its goal is to enhance cross-cultural understanding through food and beverage experiences.

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Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International, a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

Kendall College
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), For more information, visit

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