What It’s Like to be Kim Jong-il’s Personal Chef

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson interviews the Korean dictator's former chef and confidant.

Photo: GQ

Photo: GQ

Dennis Rodman isn’t the only foreigner to infiltrate the mythical land of North Korea. A humble sushi chef from Japan made his way into Kim Jong-il’s inner circle, becoming his personal chef and confidant. GQ contributor and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson tells of the chef’s risky gig,where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you’re never really safe.”

The fascinating exclusive reveals that part of the chef’s job was to fly all over the world to procure dinner party ingredients, at the request of the unpredictable leader. Among those ingredients: caviar from Iran, fish from Tokyo, beer from Denmark, and Big Macs from Beijing. The chef was “at the Dear Leader’s disposal night and day,” watching as Kim Jong-il and his cronies reaped the benefits of counterfeiting, weapons sales, and drug production.

Read the full story here at GQ.com.

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