K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment is known for more than just releasing albums by international stars like Psy, Big Bang and 2NE1; they also run a world-class cafeteria.
A-List visitors to the record label from legendary producer Quincy Jones to pop superstar Justin Bieber have raved about the food in the YG cafeteria. Bieber's entourage reportedly helped themselves to numerous servings of the variety of side dishes the establishment is known for.
Will Smith and his son Jaden also reportedly had nothing but good things to say about YG's famous star-treatment as they stopped by the cafeteria during a tour of the YG recording studios.
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On Thursday, in a press release posted to the label's website, the YG Entertainment execs spilled the beans about their world-class dining hall.
"The secret to winning our artists' hearts, who are known for being finicky eaters, was [to serve up food with] the feel of their mother's home-cooked meals," the YG statement explained.
"The frequently appearing menu would be stir-fried chicken ribs, bibimbap, bulgogi, stir-fried spicy pork and different vegetable side dishes."
Having a top-notch cafeteria was a top priority from the beginning for YG Entertainment founder and CEO Yang Hyun Suk.
"When Yang Hyun Suk first built the head office in 2010, he recruited a chef from a highly popular restaurant near Hongik University, in an area known amongst South Koreans as Hongdae," the label's statement explained.
The kitchen staff has now grown to seven full-time employees serving up a constantly changing menu into the late hours of the night.
But for K-pop fans hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite stars from the YG family over a bowl of bibimbap, the cafeteria closed to the outside public several years ago.
"YG Entertainment's cafeteria is open to its artists, employees, and guests visiting for YG-related business," the statement explained.
"The cafeteria used to be open to public, but after becoming so popular there were too many outsiders wanting to taste the food. The workload for food preparation became overwhelming as kitchen staff members had to cook for all the YG-related personnel and outsiders."