Welcome to the year 2020 of Jung Ilwoo’s professional life. This was his cooking year!
One could say Jung Il woo hit 2020 running… he started this year with a very busy schedule where he balanced acting in the Theater Production of “The Elephant Song” and cooking for the TV cooking reality show Convenience Store Restaurant . Miraculously, Ilwoo was able to finish all his theater performances before the deadly virus Covid 19 arrived to South Korea in the middle of February.
But what Ilwoo did not know at the beginning of the pandemic, is that a drink he discovered while visiting Macau last year, would become a World Pandemic Comforter… his re-discovery of Whipped Coffee and what he called “Dalgona Coffee.” By March it was trending world wide and even made news in US papers and social media. People went on to create many versions of it in all social media platforms. WOO hoo!
Also by March Ilwoo, had started filming his drama “Sweet Munchies” with many health safeguards. The cast and crew did such a stellar job keeping the virus at bay that his drama was moved to air sooner than anticipated. It aired on May 25th. In this drama Jung Il woo became Chef Park Jin sung, and drew the love attention of both of his co-stars in a triangle relationship. He worked very hard and learned new cooking techniques that allowed him to look like a real Chef, delighting cast and crew with real time cooking in many scenes.
As this drama was about to end news came that he was considering a new historic drama called Bossam- Stealing Fate in June. He and his female co-star is Yuri, from a music women’s group called “Girl’s Generation” were officially cast by late July. This drama is a pre-production drama, which means they will film the whole thing before it premieres. The first photos of the filming location came to us in early November. This drama is set to air in the first half of next year, 2021 in the MBN network.
During this pandemic, Jung Il woo tried hard to entertain and comfort fans posting in his Instagram account. He even created playlists for his music and movie recommendations. Later on he participated in answering questions for his Japanese fans through his Official Japanese Fan Club, Smilwoo. Then treated his Chinese fan base through Weibo and Bili Bili with videos where he cooked delicious low fat meals. In early December, the turn came to the rest of his International fans when he decided to re-open his YouTube channel. He named “1Day 1lwoo. In it he has been posting a new video every Friday, sharing different aspects of his life including a V-logs in his current filming location and making Kimchi with his family. And to the delight of all his fans he was live for over 40 minutes sharing his beautiful new calendar and the rest of the items that made his Season Greetings for 2021 too.
Dearest Ilwoo, thank you so much! … for all your efforts this dangerous and overwhelming year! If there was a year I was glad to be your fan… this probably tops it! Looking so forward to 2021 when this virus hopefully will be behind us and we can continue to delight in your many projects.