A Korean slow-food, culinary revelation is coming to the little mountain township of Cockatoo and it is bringing an extraordinary reputation with it
Less than three years ago Jung Eun Chae drew on a deep cultural heritage and began cooking and serving a traditional, nourishing, handmade Korean cuisine in an intimate six-seater micro-restaurant and named it CHAE. The twist being that it was in the Brunswick one-bedroom apartment she shared with her husband, Yoora.
Chae was already a trained chef, with previous experience in some of Melbourne’s highly regarded kitchens including Lûmé and Cutler & Co, but an ankle injury was preventing her putting in the long hours on her feet that are expected in the industry. She feared her career in fine dining might be over and felt she needed time to think, so headed back home and visited her mother.
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Fergus
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