Wollman Rink, New York’s iconic ice skating destination in Central Park, will take on a Korean-Cajun culinary accent Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 when Jae Jung, chef/owner of Kjun, brings her fusion stylings to the location’s café. The menu for the series kickoff will include Cajun-spiced pork ribs, honey jalapeño cornbread, and potato-daikon salad, priced at $18. The Top Chef alum will make an on-site appearance on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event will mark the first in a new guest chef series for the Wollman Café curated by Great Performances, the catering, events, and hospitality company, which operates the facility. The program will pop up on select weekends throughout the winter, with each highlighting a dish by a chef representing the city’s rich culinary culture.
Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2009, Jung has worked in the kitchens of Dooky Chase in New Orleans (it was there that she perfected her distinctive Korean-Cajun flavor profiles) and Le Bernardin and Café Boulud here in New York. In early 2021, she launched her Kjun brand via a series of pop-ups, establishing her first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Midtown this past September.
Wollman Café’s new guest chef series is an extension of Great Performances’ People’s Kitchen program, through which the company incorporates representative dishes from a broad spectrum of New York’s restaurants into the lunchtime offerings for its workplace dining clients. People’s Kitchen participants range from well-established marquee brands like Momofuku and Charlie Palmer Steak to those new to the city’s culinary landscape like Kjun.