The Wandering Chef
Jiho Im is known as ‘The Wandering Chef', and his journeys take him across the Korean peninsula. He forages for unique ingredients, mosses, herbs and roots recognised for their medicinal properties. As he traverses the country, he encounters locals, carries their burdens and prepares meals for them. He meets Soon-Gyu, an elderly woman who offers him a bowl of soup. In return, he prepares a meal, which she and her husband relish. So, he returns, this time conceiving and creating innumerable dishes. Jiho Im never knew his mother, and his longing for maternal connection imbues his relationship with Soon-Gyu. Hye-Ryoung Park's poignant documentary illustrates the deep connection between food, ritual and memory.