The idea of a gourmet food is a bit of a stretch, but the concept is catching on as a whole, thanks to a series of celebrity chefs who are using their celebrity status to market gourmet meals that are, well, gourmet.
This year’s crop includes the likes of the Kardashians’ Kim Kardashian West, the chef-turned-celebrity Chef Mario Batali, and former chef of the future Kim Kardashian’s sister, Kim Kardashian-West.
Chef Mario is a true pioneer, as he’s built his empire from the ground up on the idea of eating what he calls the “golden rice” of Asian food—food made from a blend of spices and herbs that he says are rich in nutrients and delicious.
Chef Batali started his empire in 2006 when he began cooking with wild boar and the likes.
And Kim, who’s the star of his cooking show The Kim Kardashian Show, is the star’s sister.
“The thing that I am excited about is eating gourmet cuisine,” says Kim, whose sister is a vegan.
“It’s so delicious.
And it’s the perfect recipe for the Korean people.”
The chef’s most recent cookbook, The KOMB: A Cookbook of Asian Recipes, was published in 2015, and was adapted for television and radio.
The KAMB’s recipes are often adapted from the Korean food they emulate, and Kim and the chefs have also partnered with celebrity chefs like Bruce Lee, John Legend, and Yoko Ono.
It’s also been a hit with celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna.
“People don’t realize how much we cook from this world and how many recipes that we’ve cooked from that world,” says chef Mario Batalis, who has been cooking since 2006.
“We’re the only people that can recreate it.”
For Kim, a chef who’s been cooking for over a decade, the idea was to make a cookbook that is accessible to all, and one that also allows her to share recipes with her friends and fans.
“A lot of my friends say I should cook for the people,” she says.
“And I said, I should make this cookbook for you.”
The KIMBO series is the first cookbook in history to focus on Asian cuisine and, while it’s no ordinary cookbook—it’s more than two years in the making—it feels like it was made for everyone.
“I’m so excited for it, because I love cooking,” Kim says.
“[This] book is so simple.
It really doesn’t take much.”
Chef Mario says he started with wild Boar meatballs that were then marinated in garlic, onions, ginger, and sea salt.
They were then wrapped in a brown paper bag and allowed to cook for six hours.
The meatballs were then roasted over a charcoal grill, with an oven timer and charcoal grills, for about 30 minutes.
“So simple, so fresh,” says Mario.
“When we do a dish, it’s a big challenge because we can’t go too long.”
Kim says her cooking is all about using ingredients that are “simple and not too much.”
Kim’s favorite ingredient for the KOMBO cookbook is rice.
The rice is “raw, but tender,” she explains.
“That’s how I make rice.
You know, the rice is the secret ingredient.
I like to use wild boars for that.”
The second most popular ingredient for Kim is shrimp, which she cooks over charcoal for about 15 minutes.
Kim also likes to use fresh fish—she’s known for her fish tacos—and she loves the fact that the kimchi is seasoned with garlic and sea salinity.
Kim says the KIMbo cookbook was inspired by the KORB series of cookbooks, which was created by Chef Mario’s dad, who also serves as the host of the show.
Chef Luigi’s series of recipes, published in 2011, focused on cooking a variety of Korean dishes, including rice, vegetables, and seafood.
Kim was initially hesitant to make KIMB because she wanted to focus more on her family.
But now that she’s done the KAMBLA series, Kim says she is excited about all the dishes she can share with her family—including her own.
“This is my family,” she laughs.
“My dad is my father, so it’s great for me.”
Kim also shared some of her favorite dishes in the KAMPAL cookbook.
Kim’s most popular dish is a rice noodle dish called “kimchi rice.”
“I love kimchis, and I love that there’s this kind of rice that can be cooked in a soup,” Kim said.
“There’s a lot of different types of rice and it can be different sizes, and there’s so many different ways to cook it.”
The next most popular Korean dish in the cookbook?
“A chicken noodle soup