|Three Meals a Day|
Three Meals a Day: Seaside Ranch poster
|Also known as||Three Meals, Samsi Meals|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||106|
|Production location||South Korea|
|Running time||70 – 90 minutes|
|Original release||October 17, 2014 –|
July 10, 2020
Three Meals a Day (Korean : 삼시세끼; RR : Samsi Sekki) is a South Korean reality cooking show. It aired on Friday nights on tvN starting October 17, 2014.
The cast live in a little rural or fishing village three days a week and use whatever food they find there to create three meals a day, while various celebrities from Seoul make guest appearances for dinner.
Producer-director (or "PD") Na Young-seok previously directed the popular variety shows 2 Days & 1 Night , Grandpas Over Flowers , Sisters Over Flowers and Youth Over Flowers .
When actor Lee Seo-jin was on Grandpas Over Flowers, the crew gave him the nickname "Cooking King" due to his poor cooking skills. Their jokes about Lee starring in a fake cooking show titled Cooking King Seo-jinnie (a parody of King of Baking, Kim Takgu ) eventually became the genesis for this show. Cast as his co-star was singer-actor Ok Taecyeon; the two had played brothers in the Korean drama series Wonderful Days .
The press conference for the show was held on October 15, 2014 at the 63 City Convention Center in Yeouido, and was streamed live on tvN's YouTube channel.
Kim Kwang-kyu, who had previously been a guest in the first season, became a regular cast member for the second season.In addition to cooking three meals a day from scratch, Lee, Ok and Kim were given the additional task of growing and harvesting crops from spring to early fall (grocery shopping was strictly prohibited).
On October 13th, 2016, a press conference was held for Fishing Village season three of the show. Consisting Lee Seo-jin, who was previously on the show, and new members Eric Mun and Yoon Kyun-sang. The new season is to set to take on a fishing village theme.
On July 1st, 2019 a new season with the theme of a mountain village, starring an all-female cast of Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah and Park So-dam, is confirmed.The first episode of this edition was broadcast on August 9, 2019.
Three Meals a Day drew a great response from Korean viewers and became a trending topic numerous times on Naver, a Korean search portal. It received viewership ratings of 6%, which is high for Korean cable television for which a 1% rating is considered a success.
Originally 8 episodes were planned for the first season, but the show was extended by two episodes. A "director's cut" epilogue also aired, for a total of 11 episodes.
|Title||Location||Broadcast Date||Broadcast Time (KST)||Total Episodes||Director||Cast|
|Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village 1||Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do||October 17 – December 26, 2014||21:50 – 23:10||11||Na Young-seok||Lee Seo-jin, Ok Taec-yeon|
|Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 1||Manjae Island, Heuksan-myun, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do||January 23 – March 20, 2015||21:45 – 23:10||9||Cha Seung-won, Yoo Hae-jin, Son Ho-jun (replaced Jang Keun-suk)|
|Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village 2||Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do||May 15 – September 11, 2015||21:45 – 23:25||18||Lee Seo-jin, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Kwang-kyu|
|Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 2||Manjae Island, Heuksan-myun, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do||October 9 – December 11, 2015||10||Cha Seung-won, Yoo Hae-jin, Son Ho-jun|
|Three Meals a Day: Gochang Village||Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do||July 1 – September 16, 2016||12||Cha Seung-won, Yoo Hae-jin, Son Ho-jun, Nam Joo-hyuk|
|Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3||Deukryang Island, Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do||October 14 – December 30, 2016||21:15 – 23:00||12||Lee Seo-jin, Eric Mun, Yoon Kyun-sang|
|Three Meals a Day: Seaside Ranch (Fishing Village 4)||August 4 – October 20, 2017||21:50 – 23:25||12||Lee Seo-jin, Eric Mun, Yoon Kyun-sang|
|Three Meals a Day: Mountain Village||Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do||August 9 – October 18, 2019||21:10 – 23:00||11||Na Young-seok, Yang Seul-gi||Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, Park So-dam|
|Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 5||Jukgul Island, Nohwa-eup, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do||May 1 – July 10, 2020||21:10 – 23:00||11||Na Young-seok||Cha Seung-won, Yoo Hae-jin, Son Ho-jun|
In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|2015||Best Production in Creative Content||Na Young-seok||Won|
|Grand Prize (Television)||Na Young-seok||Won|
|Best Entertainment Program||Three Meals a Day||Nominated|
|2016||Grand Prize (Daesang), Variety||Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 1, 2||Won|
|Grand Prize (Daesang), Variety Performer|| Lee Seo-jin |
(Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village)
|Best Content Award, Variety||Three Meals a Day||Won|
|Variety Icon|| Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin |
(Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 1, 2)
| Lee Seo-jin |
(Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village)
|Made in tvN, Actor in Variety|| Son Ho-jun |
(Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 1, 2)
|Variety "Slave" Award|| Kim Kwang-kyu |
(Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village 2)
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