(CNN) — In CNN’s new original series “Nomad with Carlton McCoy,” master sommelier McCoy searches for authenticity in destinations around the world. Whether along the banks of the Mississippi River or in bustling Seoul, McCoy explores the beaten path to find what truly makes each place special.
Below is an episode-by-episode guide through McCoy’s travels. Take a look at what he discovered:
Carlton McCoy and Kyungmoon Kim enjoy soju at Gwangjang Market in Seoul.
South Korea is a combination of old and new. The country is at the forefront of world popular culture and also a preserver of centuries-old traditions.
McCoy met his old culinary school friend and one of Korea’s first master sommeliers, Kyungmoon Kim, who guided him through Korea’s major cities and remotest villages and introduced him to the concept of Jeongfreely translated to mean the feeling of attachment to another person and the hospitality that comes from that connection.
Take a look at some of the places where McCoy discovered authentic Korea:
Gwangjang Market — Located in central Seoul, Gwangjang Market is one of Korea’s oldest traditional markets and features a selection of clothing, textiles, and some of the best street food the city has to offer. McCoy samples some sundaeor pudding.
Onjium — This Michelin-starred restaurant in Seoul is run by chef Cho Eun-hee and researcher Park Seong-bae and features a menu that draws inspiration from the four seasons to give Korean royal court cuisine a modern makeover . McCoy enjoyed Chef Eun-hee’s version galbior ribs, and the popular rice dish bibimbap.
Won Soju — Won Soju is a new brand of premium Korean spirits launched by Korean American rapper Jay Park. You might recognize him from his popular song with 2 Chainz, aptly titled “SOJU.”
Nongam Jongtaek — Located in Andong, South Korea, this hotel is the converted estate of the Lee family, whose ancestors have lived on the land for over 600 years. Visitors are treated to homemade liquors and meals prepared by the Lee family during their stay. McCoy described that visiting the unchanged setting and architecture was like stepping into a time machine.
JookJangYeon — This artisan farm run by wine importer Michael Jung is located in the remote village of Jukjang-myeon. It specializes in making Korean jangs, or thick sauces, such as doenjang, ganjang and gochujang in large earthen pots called jangdok.
Ojina — This pop-up restaurant on Jeju Island from Chef Austin Kang and brothers Chef Hwang Ji-Won and Doctor Hwang Na-bi uses a careful selection of ingredients and personalized menus to bring out the healing powers of food.
Carlton McCoy and chef Christophe Pelé at Clarence in Paris.
While in Paris, McCoy expands her search for authentic Parisian experiences to lesser-known ones suburbs, or suburbs, which surround the city center. Beyond the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, the wealth of restaurants and cultural offerings highlights the complexities of Parisian identity.
Do you want to know more about the authentic Parisian lifestyle? Check out these six spots:
New Saigon — This restaurant in Lognes explores Vietnamese cuisine for a French audience. Lognes, a suburb with the highest proportion of Asians of any city in France, naturally has some pretty stellar Asian cuisine. One of the dishes McCoy tasted in New Saigon, a noodle soup called Phnom Penh, actually has its roots in Cambodia.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis — Formerly the royal abbey of Saint-Denis, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis is a medieval monument known as the first example of Gothic architecture and as the “cemetery of kings”. It served as the burial place for 43 kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy.
Good adventure — This Saint-Ouen restaurant was opened by publicist-turned-chef Alcidia Vulbeau and showcases her unique take on French-African fusion cuisine. McCoy particularly enjoyed the shakshuka, based on the traditional North African dish.
The Clarence — Located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris proper, Le Clarence is a restaurant that received two Michelin stars in 2017 and offers classic French dishes revisited by chef Christophe Pelé.
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery — The second iteration of the Mariane Ibrahim gallery, after its success in Chicago, opened its doors on avenue Matignon in Paris in September 2021. Ibrahim, the Franco-Somali founder of the gallery, is committed to highlighting the artists of Africa and its Diaspora.
Elysee Palace — The Élysée Palace is essentially the French White House, residence of President Emmanuel Macron. It is only open to tourists during European Heritage Days and is larger than the Palace of Versailles. Francis Oge, the chef de partie at the palace, prepared thousand leaf for McCoy.
Carlton McCoy discovers the career of Francis Oge, the head of the Élysée Palace, the French White House. Be sure to tune in to “Nomad with Carlton McCoy” premiering on CNN this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.