U.S.

November 14, 2013

Military spouse competes on reality cooking show

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Stephanie Englar
14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
RestaurantExpress_pict
Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung Longest moved to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., in 2009 with her husband Master Sgt. Jacob Longest. Jacob is the 14th Medical Operations Squadron interim superintendent.

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Seonkyoung Longest, wife of Master Sgt. Jacob Longest, is one of nine contestants in a new television show, “Restaurant Express” that aired for the first time on the Food Network, Nov. 3.

Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung said that while cooking is a passion of hers now, it hasn’t always been. Growing up, her parents owned a restaurant, and to this day her parents are still passionate about cooking. On the other hand, Seonkyoung pursued other hobbies like drawing comic books and dancing.

Seonkyoung met Jacob in South Korea while he was assigned there. After dating for a year, the two married and moved here in 2009. Jacob is the 14th Medical Operations Squadron interim superintendent.

New to the United States, Seonkyoung said that she didn’t enjoy watching TV as much as she did in South Korea because she couldn’t understand the language as well. That’s when she discovered shows on the Food Network. While not only improving her English skills, the network helped spark her interest in cooking.

Seonkyoung said that she started to cook something new that she saw on TV every day and wanted to share her creations with the internet community. She started up three YouTube channels, “Asian at Home,” “Chop Chop,” and “Seonkyoung’s Kitchen.” Since there creation she has gotten more than 15,000 followers and more than half a million views.

“It’s really fun to share recipes that I’ve acquired here in Columbus (AFB) as well as more international recipes,” Seonkyoung said. “I am really focused on Asian food, like Asian home-cooked meals.”

Seonkyoung said one of her favorite things to do is to try new recipes and ingredients.

“I don’t have a favorite dish because it’s all really good,” Jacob said. “She misses Korean food so she enjoys making that. She’s always making something new and trying new recipes. I’m her guinea pig … happily!”

Her success didn’t just stop at YouTube. Seonkyoung was recently on the fourth season of the Fox Network show, “Master Chef.” She was one of the top 40 home cooks out of 40,000 original aspirants.

Seonkyoung isn’t stopping there. In fact, she’s currently touring the western U.S. on the new show, “Restaurant Express,” where contestants compete for seats on the Restaurant Express bus by proving their cooking skills and their business-savvy mindset. Only one contestant will remain on the bus at the end, and that person will have earned the title of executive chef and a leadership position on the team at The M Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

Relationship building by means of the F-16

  America’s stars and stripes and Arizona’s lone copper star always wave proudly at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing. But it’s the adjacent flags of coalition-partners – from the pacific island-nat...
 
 

Overcoming all odds, Airmen defeats toughest adversary yet

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada  — He awoke on a frigid Washington D.C. morning completely blind and was rushed through the cold snow laden streets in a furious sprint to the hospital. A few hours later Ryan Keeney received the worst news of his life. He had been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a deadly form...
 
 

AF continues to work with DOD, OPM on cybersecurity incident

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force maintains its commitment to protect personal information from cyber threats by continuing efforts with the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management to assist those impacted by the recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data. OPM and an interagency response team, including investigators from the FBI and...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa)

Making a Splash: NCO Goes Deep to Re-Enlist

  TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A Tyndall Airman re-enlisted in a unique way recently, diving approximately 70 feet under water to swear in for another three and a half years of service. Technical Sgt. Robert Barn...
 
 

One AWACS lands at D-M for Boneyard Storage

One NATO E-3A AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) departed NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany and landed around 1 p.m. June 23, for storage in the ‘Boneyard’. This is the first ever NATO AWACS to be retired. The decision to retire one E-3A was made by the North Atlantic Council in an effort to modernize the...
 
 
(Courtesy photo)

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>