Koreans give 'taste' of CHEF

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Korean-Jamaican Friendship Month got off to a sizzling start with the musical CHEF at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Tuesday evening.

The occasion, which was the first event of 'Friendship Month', saw the eight-member South Korean artistes sharing their culture in break dance, beatbox and a cappella. A majority of the sound effects and background music were handled by two cast members.

“It was wonderful the way the Jamaican public reacted to CHEF. They liked it very much and I am happy,” Juen Jun Beom, the show's producer, told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash.

CHEF had the audience completely engaged for its hour-and-a-half duration. The four-segment production saw two master chefs compete against each other to become number one. The serving of high-quality music and entertainment was a hit among the guests in attendance.

CHEF also had interaction with guests, including Thia Dakin.

“It was amazing to be a part of the experience,” she said.

Dakin was chosen from the seated crowd to become an integral part of the production; becoming the centre of affection for the two battling chefs around whom the story centred. During the second segment, a male and female audience member were brought on stage and encouraged to have a 'date' as the set was transformed into a romantic Italian restaurant.

The thrilling finale saw each cast member showing off their individual skills.

Dakin was brought back to taste two Korean dishes of traditional Bibimbap (seasoned vegetables, beef, fried eggs with steamed rice) in order to choose which of the chefs had won. She did and was given a token for her effort.

“We only had to make slight modifications to the show, as we do for local audiences. In this case , we added gestures and some patois for Jamaica,” Beom told Observer.

Korean-Jamaican Friendship Month is slated to end with the 2018 Korean Film Festival, at Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre on June 27 through 28 with two movies The Face Reader and Wonderful Nightmare.

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