On February 13, “Youn’s Kitchen 2” producing director (PD) Na Young Suk, PD Lee Jin Joo, and writer Kim Dae Joo attended a press conference at the Stanford Hotel in Seoul and answered questions about the show.
Viewers had pointed out some controversial moments on the show such as the lack of hair covering by the kitchen staff and Lee Seo Jin pointing and using an informal term for “them” when referring to customers.
Na Young Suk said, “I am aware of the viewers’ comments. I became informed of them after reading comments and community bulletin boards. I humbly accept them.”
He continued, “It was the production crew’s lapse in judgment. I admit that in terms of hygiene, there were parts were unable to be thorough about. We film everything at once and edit parts of it to air on broadcast. If we had split up filming, then we could have taken the viewers’ reactions into consideration, but we couldn’t. I apologize. I think it’s something we need to be more careful with if we were to shoot ‘Youn’s Kitchen’ again.”
“Youn’s Kitchen 2” is a reality program that shows actors Yoon Yeo Jung, Lee Seo Jin, Jung Yoo Mi, and Park Seo Joon running a Korean restaurant in the town of Garachico on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The show has continuously recorded high viewership ratings and recently achieved its highest viewership ratings yet of 16 percent during its fifth episode.