I am a 1.5 generation Korean-American gal based out of the Atlanta, Ga area and I have lived in the American South for much of my life since I was three years old.
However many of my childhood summers were spent back in the motherland, where I divided my time between my birth city of Seoul and a quiet rural village nestled in the Namhansan mountains called Bool Dahng Ri. I stayed with my grandparents in this country village where they taught me the roots of our family's culinary heritage and the meaning of farm-to-table cooking.
When I was younger and hopelessly romantic, I dropped out of college to pursue my long-time dream of becoming a chef. Since then I've failed some stages, washed dishes to earn some time on the line and made lots of mistakes, but my love for cooking has never left me.
Luckily, a skilled Italian chef took me on as an apprentice and taught me the fundamentals of Italian cuisine. Italian food is my second love (first Korean). I have also cooked at a southern restaurant in Athens, GA called Mama's Boy where I learned a lot about southern cooking. But some of the best culinary lessons I've received were in home kitchens, by cooks from all walks of life.
My passion for food and the places it carried me to has greatly shaped the way I cook today. To the great relief of my Korean parents I now have a college degree, but I haven't stopped cooking for those I care for. It completes me. Although I never became a “real” chef, I am a passionate home cook and a single mother to two great boys (8 and 6 years old) and the cutest pomsky in the world (yes, they are a handful!).
I am at my best when I cook and sharing my experiences to help others- I hope my recipes and stories can bring something meaningful to you too.Love,
You can also learn more about me in my feature story with VoyageATL! <3