Kimchi Challenge – Good Food Festival 2013

Chicago’s first Kimchi Challenge!

Even Michele Obama and the White House are getting into the Kimchi game!

We had so much fun at the Kimchi Challenge. From traditional kimchi, to pineapple and peanut, whole heads of fermented cabbage to julienned vegetables, there were an amazing array of delicious styles!  With all that fun, it was hard to pick a winner, but someone had to triumph.  And without further ado…

Congratulations to our winner: Elisabeth David of Green Zebra!

kimchi winner

Thanks to all of our contestants:

Mary Aregoni (Saigon Sisters)  • John Asbaty (Panozzo’s Italian Market) • Jill Barron (Mana Food Bar)
Matthew Cyr (Etno Village Grill/ Machine/King’s County Tap) • Thai Dang (Embeya) • Elisabeth David (Green Zebra)
Troy Graves (Red Door) • Mark Grosz (Oceanique) • Yunjin Hong (Jin Ju) • Beverly Kim (Kendall College)
Melanie Molnar (Southport Grocery & Café) • Sean Sanders (Browntrout)
Paul Virant (Perennial Virant/Vie) • Jesse Williams (Birchwood Kitchen)

Elisabeth and our runners up received some awesome prizes, including signed copies of The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Katz.

Thanks also to our fantastic judges:

Louisa ChuWBEZ • Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 • Bill DaleyThe Daley Question, Chicago Tribune
Sandor Katz, author, The Art of Fermentation • Andrea Mattson-McGaffey, Edible Alchemy

kimchi judges

Wish we could have tasted all that awesome Kimchi, too!

Check out the rest of Saturday’s Festival Events here!