About Judy Joo

Judy Joo is a Korean-American chef, restaurateur, writer, entrepreneur, and television personality. She is the author of two best-selling cookery books and an accomplished writer, published in national periodicals including Forbes Travel Guide, The Financial Times, OK! Magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian and more. You can read Judy’s articles here.

Leading expert in Korean cuisine

Considered as the leading expert in Korean cooking in the West, Judy celebrates and showcases Korea’s cuisine for its distinctive and vibrant flavours, colours, and heritage. She achieves this through her television series Korean Food Made Simple (Cooking Channel USA and Food Network worldwide, S1 & S2) and her regular appearances on various shows globally, such as Today Show, Wendy Williams, The Talk, Saturday Kitchen and Cooking With the Stars. Furthermore, Judy claimed the title of first female Iron Chef UK and second worldwide.

Following a degree at Columbia University in Engineering, and a career on Wall Street, Judy enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in New York (now known as the International Culinary Center), where she received her Grand Diplome in Pastry. Judy worked for SAVEURmagazine as an editorial and test kitchen assistant. She also founded and managed Harvest Time in Harlem, the first inner-city Slow Food in Schools program.

London move

A move to London led Judy Joo to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, where she worked in his flagship kitchens: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Maze, Claridge’s, Pétrus, and Boxwood Café. She has also staged in internationally renowned restaurants including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray, David Thompson’s Nahm in Bangkok, and Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in California. Judy then went on to become the Executive Chef at London’s prestigious Playboy Club.

In 2014- alongside chef Andrew Hales- Judy opened her first restaurant: Jinjuu. Lauded as London’s premier modern Korean venue, Jinjuu was inspired by nostalgic flavours of her childhood, and focused on contemporary Korean cooking, with a multicultural twist. After successfully handing Jinjuu over to new owners, she teamed up again in 2019 with Andrew Hales to create Seoul Bird, a fast-casual Korean Fried Chicken concept. You can find out more about Seoul Bird here.

Having battled through three male-dominated arenas: engineering, finance and the hospitality industry, Judy attributes her success to challenging her boundaries and welcoming the unease of living outside her comfort zone. Her captivating fearlessness and tenacity are inspiring to all that cross her path, and can be viewed at Columbia University’s Graduation Ceremony 2018.

 

 

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@judyjoochef Instagram profile imageHappy Thanksgiving everyone! I cooked and cooked! These are just the drinks and canapés here. We also had turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and more, of course. I’m so thankful for being able to share such a special meal with my friends and family—  thank you everyone!  Your support and love is so appreciated. Xxxxx❤️❤️❤️5 days ago via Instagram
@judyjoochef Instagram profile imageRepost from @seoulbirduk
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#prayforitaewon 💔1 month ago via Instagram
@judyjoochef Instagram profile imageFrom Soul to Seoul!  Loving spending time with @melbasharlem. Inspiring in every way!! Stay tuned to see what we are stirring up! 
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I love getting back to Harlem where I was a math tutor for many years at @storefrontacademyharlem.  I also worked with @slowfoodusa to start their first inner city Slow Food in School’s project, Harvest Time in Harlem. We managed to get a NYC farmers market up to Harlem which at the time only had small bodegas, and lacked grocery stores with fresh healthy food options.  Even though Harvest Time closed after a good 7 year run, the green market remains there to this day serving the community. 🙏🙏🙏
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#femaleempowerment #femaleentrepreneur #womensuportingwomen #chef #chefslife #chefs #melbas #judyjoo1 month ago via Instagram
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