Wednesday, June 3
Why did you decide to apply to be on The Next Food Network Star?
I thought it would be a great platform to tell my story on a plate. A good friend of mine had encouraged me to go to the casting call. Before I knew it I made it to the top 10!
Who are your chef/TV cooking star idols?
Definitely Paula Deen. She's my hero! I also love Bobby flay, Morimoto and Michael Symon. I could watch them cook all day.
What does it take to be a great Food Network star?
A unique culinary point of view, dynamic personality, and a great story to share with the world.
Did you feel prepared for the types of challenges you endured on the show? Anything in particular you struggled with?
In some ways yes, but you are in the heat of the moment and things change. If I were to redo anything, I would have probably rethought my dessert choices.
The need to have a clearly defined culinary point of view is brought up again and again by the judges. What’s yours and how is it different from what we've seen before?
My culinary view is my journey as a young girl and finding myself through my two cultural influences. Basically it's about a Korean-American girl growing up on southern food while eating kimchee. Hence my point of view is "Seoul to soul"!
You were judged by lots of Food Network stars over the course of the show. Which star(s) were you most excited to meet and why?
Gosh, where do I begin? All of them amazed me. I have to say the ones that excited me (other than Bobby of course) was Giada and Morimoto.
Apart from winning this competition, what goals do you have for the future?
I plan to continue to share my story on a plate through various mediums to reach the public. I am in the process of opening my own restaurant on Los Angeles, and plan to do several community appearances to keep the Seoul to soul energy going. I know that America will relate to my background and learn that when it comes to our differences, there are none at the dining table!