The tenth annual Steinbeisser dinner has been held in Amsterdam with this year’s guest chef being the world renowned Korean vegan chef Jeong Kwan.
The Steinbeisser dinner is an artistic gastronomy event to which each year a famous international chef is invited to cook a purely plant-based dish with organic products from local soil.
As reported by NRC, this year’s invite was Jeong Kwan. Kwan has international notoriety for her cooking and has her own episode in the Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table. But she does not live the stereotypical life of a top chef.
This is because Kwan lives in the Chunjinam Monastery, a home for Buddhists in Korea. She therefore only leaves to give lectures for a cookery course at the University of Jeonju. However, she decided to make an exception in order to appear at Steinbeisser.
In the past Kwan has said that she is not a cook, but a nun, and has explained that in Korean monasteries a strict vegetable cooking tradition has existed for centuries.
For Steinbeisser, Kwan prepared a dish which was based on a bowl of rice accompanied by four vegetables, representing eacg of the seasons.
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