When Medill third-year Alex Chun was a kid, his family would drive eight hours from his home in Maple Grove, Minnesota, to a Chicago H Mart, a Korean American supermarket chain. The family made this trip once a year to stock up on kimchi and other Korean ingredients they couldn't get closer to home. Now, living in Evanston, Chun makes the 35-minute drive to the store about once a month. When his parents come to visit him, they bring a car full of empty coolers to fill with food and take back with them.
Chun loves the freedom of being able to cook for himself. From his apartment kitchen, he replicates his favorite recipes inspired by soul food, Korean dishes and Midwestern classics. Chun's home-cooked cuisine ranges from poke bowls to big batches of chili to share with friends at Northwestern.
"I'm from the Midwest, but I'm also Korean, so I cook a lot of Korean food," Chun says. "My parents are also from Texas. All of that is reflected in my cooking."