Grillin’ Han

Last year, we interviewed Chef Han after his first appearance on Chopped. Han was back at it on a recent Chopped Redemption episode and we caught up with him afterwards.

Chef Han Ly Hwang
Chef Han Ly Hwang

FP: Share with us what you’ve been up to since we last interacted.

HH: Since our last interview, I have been planning a few pop up dinners around Portland. I have also been planning dinners in other cities as well. I want to team up with another chef and a bartender from here to showcase a taste of Portland in other cities. I think it would be fun to have an exchange program with other food trucks and restaurants! It’s still a work in progress.

I am also gunning for the “Worlds best Dad, and super awesome fun time family” award, the verdict is still out, but I think I’m in the lead.

FP: We love the Taste of Portland pop-up concept in different cities. Also, we bet you’re an awesome dad!

You’ve now been on Chopped twice. Having been on the show once, did you go in with a different approach the second time around?

HH: My approach the second time was a little different, I think. You see the other contestants had episodes that had already aired, so a lot of time had gone between since they were in the Chopped kitchen. I, however, shot the first episode and then got called back to shoot the second one in the same month. So, I didn’t really have too much time to prepare for the second episode. Going back to Chopped was still as scary and intense the second time as it was the first. I think if I had more time in between taping I might have done a little better?

FP: What was the hardest ingredient to work with between both appearances? 

HH: The ingredients weren’t that bad for me, but I noticed that in both episodes getting 10 extra minutes really messed with me. I don’t really know how to explain it, but the difference in 20 min to 30 min is staggering.

FP: Oh the pressure of the Chopped kitchen!

Congrats on your food truck Kim Jong Grillin’ opening up again! Any other new projects in the works?

HH: I want to do a dinner with Brandon Frohne. I’m going to try and work on that happening this year. I think that it would be a lot of fun, and I think we could pull off a really great Korean and Southern Soul food dinner.

FP: Did you say Korean and Soul food together? Sign us up!

Will we see you on another TV show in the future?

HH: Who knows… maybe? Crazier things have happened!

FP: We think the Food Network should follow you around in your food truck! Thank you again for your time. 


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