Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle

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Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle
Le Grand Chef 2 Kimchi Battle-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle
Directed byBaek Dong-hoon
Produced byLee Seong-hun
Choi Chang-won
Choi Jun-yeong
Screenplay byShin Dong-ik
Hwang Seong-gu
Based onSikgaek
by Huh Young-man
StarringKim Jung-eun
Jin Goo
CinematographyJo Yong-gyu
Edited byPark Gok-ji
IROOM Pictures
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
M-Line Distribution (international)
Release date
  • 28 January 2010 (2010-01-28)
Running time
119 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$2.9 million[1]
Korean name
식객 2: 김치 전쟁
Revised RomanizationSikgaek 2: Gimchi Jeonjaeng
McCune–ReischauerSikkaek 2: Kimch'i Chŏnjaeng

Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle (Hangul식객 2: 김치 전쟁; Hanja食客2: 泡菜戰爭; RRSikgaek 2: Gimchi Jeonjaeng, also known as Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Wars) is a 2010 South Korean film starring Kim Jung-eun and Jin Goo. It was released on January 28, 2010.

Loosely based on characters that appeared in Huh Young-man's celebrated manhwa (comic) series Sikgaek, it is a spin-off of 2007 adaptation Le Grand Chef, but with an original story. Culinary genius Seong-chan hears the news that world-renowned chef Jang-eun is trying to close down his childhood residence/restaurant, Chunyanggak. To save Chunyanggak, Seong-chan must compete against Jang-eun to make the best kimchi dish.[2][3][4][5] The film showcased many different regional kimchi dishes and modern fusion recipes.[6]


During a state visit to Japan the Korean president gets involved in a heated debate with the Japanese prime minister over the origins of kimchi, with the latter boldly claiming that kimchi was originally from Japan, thus an original Japanese dish. This does not please the Korean president, so he vows to market the dish to the world as the originator. Upon his return to Korea, he announces a national "Kimchi Contest" to reaffirm its position as a Korean product.

Jang-eun (Kim Jung-eun), is a famous fusion chef, who left Korea 10 years ago to train in Japan and hides her broken heart with a cold-hearted mask. She has always resented that her mother was once a gisaeng and for cherishing her Chunyanggak Restaurant more than herself and her own daughter. Thus she has returned to shut down the restaurant which her mother has run for years. On the other hand, her step-brother Seong-chan (Jin Goo), who was taken in by Jang-eun's mother after his deaf-and-mute mother was unable to care for him, is an advocate of tradition and wants to keep the beloved restaurant. He proposes that they compete in the Kimchi Contest for the rights to close or save the restaurant.[7][8][9][10]



Approximately 30 percent of the film was shot in Gwangju. Actors Kim Jung-eun and Jin Goo, along with celebrity chef Edward Young-min Kwon, were named special kimchi ambassadors by the city when it hosted the annual Gwangju Kimchi Cultural Festival in October–November 2009. South Jeolla Province occupies 53.6 percent of Korea's entire agricultural land, and Gwangju grows an abundance of the ingredients which are needed to make kimchi, namely: lettuce, radish, garlic, onion and dried red pepper. The world kimchi research center is also scheduled to be established in the region.[11]

Kim Jung-eun and Jin Goo both took 3 months of cooking lessons from food director Kim Soo-jin prior to production.[12][13][14]


The film ranked second and grossed ₩1,836,799,468 in its first week of release,[15] and grossed a total of ₩3,232,220,660 domestically after eight weeks of screening.[16]

International release[edit]

After opening in Korea on January 28, 2010, the film also screened on February 20 at AMC Theatres in 20 major U.S. cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. This is the first time that a Korean film screened simultaneously in South Korea and the United States.[17][18]


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  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (28 January 2010). "Kimchi War Is Ripe With Drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Song, Woong-ki (28 January 2010). "Grand Chef sequel whets appetite but lacks meat". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (29 January 2010). "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle - An appetizer for people with no appetite". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (9 April 2010). "Modern mothers lose in reactionary Kimchi War". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (30 December 2009). "Sikgaek 2 to Show Creative Kimchi Dishes". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ "Korean Movie Synopsis: Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle (2010)". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle (2009)". The Chosun Ilbo. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ "2010.1.29 Now playing: Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Wars". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ Lee, Joo-hee (29 July 2009). "Edward Kwon, Kim Jung-eun named kimchi ambassadors". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (25 January 2010). "Kim Jung-eun says Kimchi Battle is about people". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ Park, So-yeon (22 October 2009). "Kim learned to make kimchi for Grand Chef". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ "Kim Jung-eun Finds New Meaning in Life Through Cookery". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  15. ^ "South Korea Box Office: January 29–31, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  16. ^ "South Korea Box Office: March 19–21, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
  17. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (27 January 2010). "Korean film Le Grand Chef 2 to open in U.S." 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (28 January 2010). "Le Grand Chef 2 to open Korean film fest in LA". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.

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