Marja Vongerichten

Television Host/Model/Actress

Marja Vongerichten is the host of the 2011 PBS television series about Korean food and culture titled Kimchi Chronicles.

Marja was born in Korea to a Korean mother and an American soldier. She was later adopted at the age of 3 by a Virginia family in 1979. Later in life, she reunited with her birth mother in New York.

She was Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1991 (as Marja Allen) and has worked as an actress and model.

Marja’s husband is world renown chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Links: Interview – 8/31/2011
Kimchi Chronicles
Kimchi Chronicles on Facebook
Kimchi Chronicles Twitter
Marja’s Listing

Updated: 8/30/2011

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Marja Vongerichten
Marja with husband Jean-Georges and daughter Chloe.
Korean/African American
(Picture courtesy of KoreAm/Frappé Inc.)


  1. Joseph Hickman
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the good work Marja. Fun and style is now in the kitchen. The Korean display of food is satisfying as you unravel its techniques.

  2. chunn_chenn
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    …little cabbage… you present grace and eternal life…

  3. Renee Wiggins
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    I want to say I saw this show for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I love how Marja gets into the foods that she show cases. I love the interaction that she has with her hubby. I look forward to many more shows, I feel as though I really take a trip away. What a beautiful family.


  4. Charlie Kim
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Love watching the show. I have been watching the show with my mother and she loves your show. One thing I commented to my mother is that your natural mother’s picture during the introduction, her face sure looks similar to my aunt, and my mother agrees with me.

  5. Henrie Lowe
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I love Marja! I love how she embraces her Koren ancestry…but how does she embrace her African-American
    ancestry as well? I never see that.

  6. Jannie
    Posted December 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m from Korea married to an American husband and we have 2 children and we enjoy watching Kimchi Chronicles. My husband and I watch every Sunday even though most of them are reruns. Hope you make more episodes.

  7. ruth
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Watched her a couple of times…she’s fun but I still cant get over her blatantly ignorance of her african hertage. She never seems to talk about it. Why be ashamed of who you are?

  8. janice m. smith
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Iwatch your pbs show every day Iam a foodie who loves new kinds of foods, watching and trying but what I love most is seeing you and husband love for each other and your family.

  9. phyllis frederick
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    i love watching your showbecause i love cooking also you have a beatiful family.but why have you not search for your father family you are a beatiful woman .you could also learn to cook soul food and you may like it . god bless you and your family

  10. Posted January 24, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I love your show you and your husband and daughter are beautiful and send and family however why is it that you do not speak of your Black Heritage and why is that you do not seek to find out more I hope your little girl know she is black and should be very proud as you should be I know your husband love the black side of you more than anything and your character and your personality show through that you would definitely black

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