NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge


  • I. Introduction

    NCTLife is an ongoing Korean reality/variety series that follows the members of the boy group, NCT, as they travel, play and perform. The group structure of NCT is unique among K-Pop groups due to the fact that the concept of NCT is an ever expanding group with "unlimited" members and it is comprised of several individual subunits. Currently there are 23 members in NCT, making up four individual subunits.


    Members of all of the sub-units have featured in seasons, although not every member has been featured. Shotaro, Sungchan, Jungwoo from NCT 127and WayV's Xiaojun, Hendery and Yangyang have never appeared on NCT Life.


    Each season follows a specific theme with recurring or new members, dependent on the theme, such as travel, behind-the-scenes preparations for performances, competitions and games. Some seasons are produced in conjunction with national or local tourism boards and have aired on both conventional and streaming platforms. In early seasons of the show, some featured members may not have yet debuted with NCT or in a permanent sub-unit.


    The series currently has 10 seasons.


    II. Overview

    NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge is the fourth season of NCT Life, featuring members of NCT competing in a cooking challenge. Members learn traditional Korean cooking fundamentals from acclaimed Chef Kwon Yoo Jung and battle to create Korean dishes. Members compete and are judged and eliminated, like a regular cooking show. Eliminated members serve as assistants. The final two members will be judged by a panel of acclaimed chefs and the winning member will have their dish featured on a menu in a SM restaurant.


    The members include 127's Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun and Winwin, as well as NCT U's Ten and Doyoung, with varying skill levels of cooking. This season was produced with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


    Vlive English subtitles also call this season: NCT Life: K-Food Challenge, NCT Life: Korean Dish Challenge.


    NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge aired on Naver TV Cast, VLive and Youku and Tudou in China, as well as YouTube and the Korean Cultural Center website. It aired between October 22-November 26, 2016.



    III. Episode List

    All of this season of NCT Life is currently available on VLive to watch. Fan subs were provided in multiple languages within the platform. Each episode is 25-35 minutes.


    Episode Description
    1

    10/22/16
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    10/29/16
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    11/5/16
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    11/12/16
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    11/19/16
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    11/26/16
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    IV. NCT Trivia

    Many familiar and popular memes or references within the fandom appear in the NCT Life series.

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