Roy Choi

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Roy Choi
Seoul, South Korea
EducationCulinary Institute of America; Hyde Park, New York
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Roy Choi
Seoul, South Korea
EducationCulinary Institute of America; Hyde Park, New York

Roy Choi (born 1970), is a Korean American chef who gained prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi.[2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Choi was raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.[6] His favorite childhood memory is making dumplings at the age of 8 at his family's own restaurant.[6]


Choi gained experience as a chef at the following restaurants: Le Bernardin in New York City; Embassy Suites in Lake Tahoe, California, The Beverly Hilton and the Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchenin Los Angeles.[2][6]

His cooking style fuses Mexican and Korean flavors and dishes.[7]

He was named one of the top ten "Best New Chefs" of 2010 by Food and Wine magazine, and the first food truck operator to win that distinction.[8] He currently runs two restaurants, Chego! and Sunny Spot, which are both located in Los Angeles.[6]

In June 2013, Choi along with fellow chefs, Wolfgang Puck, and David Chang convened at the Hotel Bel-Air to fuse different styles such as ggaejjang style and kochujang onto the Hotel Bel-Air menu.[9]

In November 2013, Choi will be releasing his autobiography called L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Choi teaches students how to cook when he volunteers at A Place Called Home in South Central Los Angeles.[11] He maintains a blog posting recipes and rants[7]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Betty Hallock (2013-05-03). "Roy Choi on Chego's move to Chinatown: 'The space has a kind of spiritual glow to it'". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Community Award Winner Chef Roy Choi". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ Katy McLaughlin (2010-01-15). "The King of the Streets Moves Indoors". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "TIME 100 CANDIDATES: Roy Choi". 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ Dana Goodyear (2012-05-10). "Vegetable State of Mind: Roy Choi". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d "2010 BEST NEW CHEF AWARD PROFILE: Roy Choi". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ a b Sam Sifton (2012-07-12). "Roy Choi's Food-Truck Barbecue Blends Mexico and Korea". Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
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  9. ^ Jenn Harris (2013-06-19). "Wolfgang Puck, Roy Choi and David Chang cook a meal to 'shock' diners". Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Roy Choi Releasing L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food in November". 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  11. ^ Bob Barnett (2013-05-29). "What Chef Roy Choi Is Teaching South Central L.A. Students". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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