My 5 day YouTube Creator Camp was an awesome experience! I really had a great time at the camp and learned a lot of things, and met some great people.

Before going, I expected that they would give me a lot of advice about what to change in my videos. I expected they would have a lot of direct advice for me. But the camp was not like that at all. Instead, their message was that I was doing a good job, and that I was doing a lot of things right.

They showed me a lot of new techniques and ideas, and left it up to me to choose which ones would be useful. On YouTube, there is no clear way to “do it right,” we’re all deciding as we go. However one thing that everybody agrees is that keep doing what we do with lots of passion. I realized that I was not the only one who spends so much time on producing videos.

I want to thank YouTube team again for providing us with such a wonderful opportunity and I’m honored to be one of the 25 YouTube NextUp Creators. At the ending ceremony, I got a $35,000 check! Yay, it’s time for me to plan on my global cooking show by visiting my readers!

One day, we went to a Chinese restaurant. They served this amazing looking whole fish dish. Tasty!

Lunch at Google cafeteria. So colorful and super tasty!

Lunch at Google cafeteria

“Hurry up,  many people will be lining up to taste our patbingsu (shaved ice with sweet red beans and fruit) soon!”

Ice for 100 servings! Several people shaved it with the small shaver. Scratch faster and make snow mountain! : )

ooh yummy yummy homemade sweet redbeans. You can’t make patbingsu without this because “pat” is red bean (adzuki beans) in Korean. : ) I made this and kept in my fridge before going to the camp. On the day of my presentation, I brought this to Google. The video of that day and the recipe will be posted soon.

These 2 men were my team! On the left, pdrop. on the right, Travis TheReceptionist. Both of them live in Los Angeles. These 2 became my good friends!

“Next, put some shaved ice”

With Michelle Phan, After talking and listening to her,  I found she’s very down to earth and super smart!

with Peter from pdrop Mission #1! let’s clear everything here! booya! : )

With Byan Odell from YouTube channel BryanStars “ouch Bryan! You are still smiling even though you have severe burning scar on your face!”

The first day of camp, I went to Brooklyn with my 2 team members. I ran into one of my readers at Subway! She said, “Are you maangchi?” She said she made bunch of Korean dishes! I was surprised! I forgot to ask her name! If you happen to see this photo, please let me know your name through email.


  1. Erfhina Indonesia joined 7/13 & has 2 comments

    Envy you so much!! you can met Michellephan! she is also one of my fav youtube makeup guru! and you are my fav korean food guru! OMG, it will be amazing if you can visit singapore. I will go singapore and meet you. I stay very near to singapore
    Please, please try to make an party or cooking class at singapore.

  2. jeansuki joined 2/11 & has 7 comments

    Congratulations on your success and hard work! I’m glad you are a sensation after watching you for the last couple years. You are smart, genuine and fun and people are lucky to meet you. I hope one day I run into you and I can say, “Maangchi! I love you!”

  3. Jason Nato Philippines joined 5/11 & has 26 comments

    Hello, Maangchi. COngratulations! I’m happy that the youtube people were able to appreciate your talent. The way you cook and produce the videos is very good! I have been cooking a lot of your recipes for my family this summer. My mom likes your jinpang mandu very much. I just have one question (hope you can answer): What software do you use to put the subtitles? haha. It’s kind of unrelated to cooking, but I really want to learn how to produce videos.

  4. leahangel Seattle, WA USA joined 9/10 & has 24 comments

    What a fun experience! I love watching the video with everyone in it. You guys all are so smart and creative! I’m so glad they chose you, you deserve it! :D

  5. Brupie1 St. Paul joined 9/08 & has 2 comments

    YouTube camp sounds like fun. Congratulations on the prize/check! Your blog and tutorials have set a standard of quality for food videos. Its nice to be recognized.


  6. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia joined 2/11 & has 55 comments

    Maangchi with Gatling Gun… 0.0″

  7. gaa129 North Jersey joined 5/11 & has 4 comments

    1st time commenting maangchi although i’ve been following your page for a few months now.. can i just say when it comes to dinner at my house now, you’ve completely changed my life! =) i have always wanted to learn how to make yummy k-food for my family and you’ve made these complex recipes so easy to follow. congrats with all your success! P.S. I 2nd the above commentor “koreanfoodfan”.. who is behind the camera shooting all your videos?? I’m dying to know too ;)

  8. paul joined 4/10 & has 4 comments

    wooo go maangchi!! i’m so excited for your global cooking project, and glad that u had a great time at the camp. can’t wait to see your next posts.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      Hi Paul, I updated your Korean food fan page just now, so you can see the red heart right next to your name. : ) Thank you so much. Yes, it was such an amazing experience for me to attend the YouTube Nextup Creator Camp.

  9. kimchifan joined 5/11 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    I’ve been your silent reader for quite some time. Sorry that I make comments quite late. I don’t normally comment on anything.

    But you are the first one I want to make it. I love your website, your recipes & especially your simplicity & authenticity. You are doing an excellent job & I’m happy for you with the above news. Wish you all the best.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      yay! thanks a lot! I have so many silent readers and I love all of them! Do you see the lady in the last photo on this page? I was surprised to hear that she has been making so many Korean dishes with my recipes but she has never emailed or left a comment. But when she saw me at the subway, she came to me and thanked me for my recipes. That’s great!

  10. KoreanFoodFan Auckland joined 5/11 & has 1 comment

    Kia ora/Hello/An nyoung ha seh yo from a New Zealand fan.

    I’ve been enjoying watching your videos for a while now. I apologize for being so slow in making a comment.

    It sounds and looks like you had a fabulous time at the course:)

    I love your videos already. They are so easy to follow and your enthusiasm is catching that sometimes even without being able to source the exact same ingredients I have made some dishes. For example when I made ddukbokkie/the hot and spicy rice cakes I couldn’t find rice cakes in tube form so ended up with rice cake sheets. The dish still turned out delicious and I ended up making it the following day as well!

    I would love if you came to my city, Auckland, in New Zealand.

    We have a lot of great tasting seafood, meats, and fresh produce. There are markets where Korean food items can be bought. And New Zealanders love being social over food.

    At the moment Korean food is not well known to a lot of people though and it would be good to have you introduce it.

    Well, as always I look forward to seeing more of what you have to share.

    Till next time kia kaha/all the best/aja!

    P.S. I wonder if we’ll ever get to see who is behind the camera…

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      ” I made ddukbokkie/the hot and spicy rice cakes I couldn’t find rice cakes in tube form so ended up with rice cake sheets. The dish still turned out delicious and I ended up making it the following day as well!” That’s a great tip for those who can’t find the rice cake for ddeokbokkie!

      It will take some time to plan my global cooking show. Stay tuned! Thank you so much for your support!

  11. Maha Jordan joined 12/10 & has 29 comments

    I’m extremely Happy for You … it seems you had interesting days with everyone there , Go Go Maangchi ^_^

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