EXCELLENCE IN CULINARY ARTS
Born in Seoul, Korea, Kim grew up in New York, but when it came time to attend college, he headed west to the University of California at Berkeley, studying for a medical degree before a nagging passion for food had him drastically changing gears. Inspired to cook for a living, Kim returned to the East Coast to attend The French Culinary Institute. He followed his formal training with jobs at not one, but two Michelin® three-star restaurants; Daniel and Masa. Backed by his strong pedigree, Kim was in prime position to open Danji, which earned one Michelin® star, the first ever for a Korean chef. This year, he opened Hanjan, an updated, big-city homage to the old travelers’ taverns of Korea. Kim is clearly succeeding for his homeland and hometown, one innovative dish at a time.