After school in Las Vegas, the place I studied hospitality, I returned to New York and labored for among the nice cooks on this planet, together with Jean Georges and Thomas Keller. In 2013, I opened Piora, a fine-dining Italian restaurant. After we earned a Michelin star in our second yr, it was a dream come true. However I all the time needed to open a Korean restaurant. In 2017, I lastly did it. The restaurant, Cote, really represented who I’m as an individual. I am from Korea, however I am undoubtedly American.