CHEF JUNGHYUN PARK
EVENTS: #ICONDINNER CHAT
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: Kyung Hee University (Seoul)
BACKGROUND: Cutler & Co. (Melbourne), Ledbury (London), Jungsik (Seoul and NYC)
CURRENTLY: Atoboy (NYC)
WHY HE IS AMAZING: He began his globetrotting odyssey in Finland, on a chance exchange program, and then took a deep dive into European food culture. Park eventually traveled to more than 30 countries. After working in Seoul in Chef Jung Sik Yim’s newly opened, fine-dining establishment, Jungsik, when a satellite of Jungsik opened in New York City, Park led the American team as chef de cuisine, turning it into one of the best-reviewed restaurants of 2011 and earning two Michelin stars. In 2016, Park and his wife Ellia opened Atoboy, a casual, progressive Korean restaurant Atoboy (ato meaning gift in Korean) makes greater use of Korean technique than he employed at Jungsik and focuses on banchan, Korean analog to tapas. Atoboy has received critical praise including a 2-star review by the New York Times. Park was also awarded the 2017 NYC Star Chefs Rising Star Award.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH HE’S EATING IN: Seoul