* Date : 2019-01-18
Recent years have seen the rocket rise of food and cooking-related content in popularity. Leading the trend are a new breed of celebrity chefs who are winning fans through TV broadcast as well as SNS. One of the best-known of them all is LEE Wonil. LEE came to cooking relatively late in his life; while taking time out of his interior design studies on a backpacking trip to the Philippines, he found his true calling – in cooking. After winning over his initially sceptically parents, he went out to study Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management at the University of the Philippines. Returning to Korea, he worked through a series of top-notch eateries around the country to build his broad repertoire – from Korean royal cuisine and Buddhist cuisine to traditional brewery, western cuisine and even baking. He is now the owner chef of a successful Korean restaurant and a bakery. With commitments to both his establishments and regular appearances on TV, LEE’s days are filled his passion for food and cooking. This year, he has set himself yet another challenge – to bring Korean cuisine to the world. THE INNERVIEW meets the star chef LEE Wonil to follow his culinary journey.