Professional Culinary Arts ’05
Chef Hooni Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, briefly lived in London, and grew up in New York City. He attended UC Berkeley with the intention of going to medical school, but his passion for cooking led him back to the East Coast to study at ICC. Kim continued his culinary education by training at two Michelin three-star restaurants. He later opened Danji, a restaurant that combined Kim’s classic French training and Korean ingredients/flavors, resulting in dishes like kimchi poutine. In 2012, Danji became the first Korean American restaurant to be given a Michelin star. Since then, Kim has opened another restaurant, Hanjan, and has been lauded by media and foodies everywhere.