By Elleda Wilson
Posted: January 6, 2012
Another former Astorian is in the news. “Oh, once again the paparazzi caught me!” exclaimed CHEF DAYMON GARRETT EDWARDS, now headquartered in Seoul, Korea, where he owns TARTINE BAKERY & CAFE.
“Korea’s No. 1 comedian, YU CHAE-SUK, was filming in my area of town and decided to drop by for a little comic relief,” Daymon explained. “The format for that TV show was they had things to trade, and they went around Seoul to see if people would trade. They had some dried fish, persimmons, etc.
“They came down my alley and I was outside. They offered me the fish, I said no; then they offered me the persimmons, and I said yes. We went into the cafe and picked out a pie and joked around.
“During a lull, I said, ‘Do you want my autograph?’ Well, he was so shocked, because usually people ask for his, he was speechless – not easy for a comedian. Anyway, I gave him mine and then asked for his, and then we showed them to the camera.” They are pictured, Daymon on the left, and Yu Chae-Suk on the right.
“Later my pie was traded to a fisherman,” Daymon noted.
“It was fun, and of course, good for our business, since it was aired in prime time,” he continued. Unfortunately, the video of the show is not available for American viewers.
“Now the comedian’s fans are coming to our alley and taking pictures and eating our pie. It caused a stir with our neighbors – they wonder how a small pie baker like me can be so famous.”
In addition to selling pies, coffee, cornbread, waffles and German Pancakes (a big hit), “our biscuit recipe is from BRENDA PENNER’s aunt DELLA MAE WARNER, of Coffeyville, Kansas,” Daymon told the Ear. The biscuits are also a big seller.
The cafe was also recently featured in “Patissier,” the trade magazine for the Korean bakery industry, and in “Joonang Ilbo,” one of the top three newspapers in Korea.
“It just goes to show,” Daymon added, “if you take a new and interesting thing to somewhere where there is little competition for your product, it can have amazing results.”
Reprinted with the permission of The Daily Astorian of Astoria, Oregon.