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A great dish is nothing without great dishes

The most artfully prepared food can lose its appeal if it isn't presented on handsome tableware.

To demonstrate the importance of ceramic appeal, four Korean artists are using their tableware to enchance meals prepared by the Shilla Hotel's chefs Hou The-chu and Cho Hee-sook.

"The Art of Plates, the Art of Cuisine," running through Jan. 25 at two Shilla restaurants, features creations by Pahk Young-sook, Lee Hun-chung, Mun Ji-young and Lee Jeong-mee.

Ms. Pahk will introduce her distinctive white celadons at the event. Her modern interpretations of traditional Korean celadons made their debut at "Gallery Pahk," which opened in New York City in November. Ms. Pahk's works, inspired by Joseon Dynasty's royal tableware, will be used to complement dishes prepared by executive chef Hou for two eight-course dinners at Palsun, the Chinese restaurant.

Plates designed by Lee Hun-chung, Ms. Mun and Lee Jeong-mee will be used by master chef Cho at the Korean restaurant Sorabol for three six-course lunches and three eight-course dinners.

by Ines Cho

"The Art of Plates, the Art of Cuisine," is at Palsun until Tuesday and Sorabol on Jan. 20-25 in the Shilla Hotel. Set menus for lunch at Sorabol are 55,000 won ($47); dinner set menus are 80,000 won. At Palsun, set menus for dinner are 150,000 won. Lunch is available upon request. Prices exclude tax and service charges. For additional information and reservations, call (02) 2233-3131.
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