Cooking Kimchi Pajeon with Matt Delatour

Matt Delatour is a Korean American transnational adoptee based in Philly with a passion for connecting the adoptee community with the joys of cooking. We got our pans and spatulas out to learn how to make some delicious kimchi pajeon at 2020 Adopteen Virtual Camp and Matt gave his hot takes on some hot topics.

Food can be an amazing way to explore and connect with birth culture. Have you tried cooking any dishes from your birth country cuisine? Or maybe you just have a favorite dish you like to eat? We get it. We prefer the eating part too!

“I had to stop trying to make everyone else feel comfortable and get comfortable with myself. Live your loud life exactly who you are and how you are. You being you is all you need to do in order to show up for the world and show up for yourself.”

Kristen Kish is a Korean American transnational adoptee and the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10, author of “Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques,” and the Executive Chef at Arlo Grey in Austin, Texas. Kristen sat down with our Adopteen Virtual Camp 2020 campers for a heartfelt and beautiful conversation on owning your superpowers, embracing the unknown, and giving yourself grace on this wild journey called life.

What do you think about what Kristen had to say about the importance of giving yourself grace to explore and grow and change your identity in whatever ways make you happy? Do the stories of her childhood or birth culture estrangement resonate with you?