This is a picture of Atoboy chef/owner Junghyun Park at one of last year’s NYC WFF events. I’ve been wanting to highlight Chef JP on my Instagram for a while but I never could fully capture what I wanted to say; my words never felt adequate enough. Why? Because Chef JP was responsible for cooking what probably was the most influential meal of my life. It wasn't at Atoboy though… it was much earlier, when Chef JP was the chef de cuisine of the recently-opened Jungsik in NYC.
Even back then, I was passionate about food. I bought countless cookbooks and poured over the recipes. I stayed up late into the night, scouring Internet blogs to keep myself up-to-date on the latest culinary names and trends. I read all the articles in any food magazine I could get my hands on. I honed my cooking skills, bought fancy kitchen equipment, and purchased unusual ingredients, all in my desire to know more about food.
But despite my passion for food, there was one cuisine I didn't feel the need to really explore: Korean.