Jeong Kwan is a Zen Buddhist nun and chef steeped in the Korean Buddhist temple cuisine tradition. She lives and cooks at Chunjinam hermitage at Baekyangsa Temple, 169 miles south of Seoul in South Korea. Earlier this year, she was featured in the third season of the Netflix series Chef's Table which debuted at this year's Berlin Film Festival and has been featured in The New York Times, Guardian, Bon Appetit, and Food and Wine, among other publications.
The venerable Jeong Kwan, a celebrated chef and Korean Buddhist nun, shares her philosophy of cooking as a spiritual practice in conversation with Mina Park of Sook. Dubbed the "Philosopher Chef", Jeong Kwan is on a journey to share the beauty of Korean Buddhist temple cuisine with an international audience. Korean Buddhist temple food is the embodiment of Buddhist tenets such as compassion, mindfulness, and gratitude, and is inherently local and seasonal, which has touched a chord with the global culinary community. With this event, Jeong Kwan will be addressing a Hong Kong audience for the first time. She will be preparing dosirak (Korean bento boxes), with support from AMMO and Sook, of Korean temple food with ingredients from her temple for the audience.
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