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Chef, restaurateur and author of Korean Food Made Simple, Judy Joo spent years as a successful analyst at Morgan Stanley before deciding to pursue her true passion and enroll at the French Culinary Institute. Judy honed her skills, earned the title of valedictorian, and went on to work as a Recipe Developer at Saveur Magazine. After an across-the-pond move to London and rotating extensively through a number prestigious restaurants including Maze, Claridge’s, Petrus and Boxwood Café, Judy competed for and won the UK version of ‘Iron Chef,’ becoming one of four chefs to hold this title there.
As host of Cooking Channel’s Korean Food Made Simple, Judy has become a culinary ambassador for Korean cuisine, bringing the robust flavors of her native country into home kitchens each week. In 2014, Judy opened her first London restaurant, Jinjuu (Korean for “Pearl”), which offers both traditional and contemporary fare inspired by her Korean-American heritage, and in December 2015, she opened a second Jinjuu outpost in Hong Kong. Judy’s first cookbook, Korean Food Made Simple (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is available now.