I have to admit I didn’t have high hopes for this movie when I first decided to watch Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle on Netflix, but by the end of the movie I have to say I quite enjoyed it though I can see how this movie would not really resonate with people not familiar with South Korea.
The movie is about two siblings that compete in a Kimchi contest sponsored by the Korean government due to the Japanese Prime Minister claiming the origins of kimchi is in fact Japanese. The sister Jang-eun (Kim Jung-Eun) is famous chef in Japan who returns to Korea to compete in the contest. Her brother Sung-chan (Jin Goo) works as a cook at the family’s restaurant Chunyang-gak and he enters the contest as well. The brother and sister are both rivals and they agree that the winner of the kimchi contest will take over control of the Chunyang-gak restaurant. The movie follows many of the same plot lines found in other Korean food themed movies but it was still fun to watch and the movie definitely made me hungry for some Korean food afterwards. However, like I mentioned in the opening this movie is strictly for people who are familiar with Korea because for people who aren’t they may not necessarily understand some of the jokes and premise of the film.