Judy Joo

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Judy Joo
Judy Joo, Chef, Writer and TV Personality.jpg
Judy Joo, Chef, Writer and TV Personality
Born November 28, 1975
Summit, New Jersey
Education Kent Place School
Columbia University, SEAS
French Culinary Institute
Culinary career

Judy Joo (born November 28, 1975 in Summit, New Jersey) is an American professional chef and television personality.


Joo graduated from Columbia University[1] with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She began a career in the banking industry working at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as an institutional fixed income derivatives saleswoman.[2][3]

However, she switched careers and began working as a chef at Gordon Ramsay's restaurants, including Maze, Petrus, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s and The Boxwood Café. She has also worked in the restaurants The French Laundry and The Fat Duck.[4] She is opening up her own restaurant in London called Jinjuu in Soho, expected winter of 2014. Prior to that she was the executive chef for the Playboy Club London.[3]


Joo was one of the four Iron Chefs on the cooking show Iron Chef UK and was a judge on season four of the Food Network show The Next Iron Chef.[4] She has also been a regular judge on Iron Chef America and a Challenger in the Iron Chef UK vs. Iron Chef America battle. She is also the host of Korean Food Made Simple (Cooking Channel in the USA, and Food Network UK). She is also a resident judge on Kitchen Inferno (Food Network).

In addition to her Iron Chef roles, Joo has appeared on UK Food Channel’s Market Kitchen and Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate and The Best Thing I Ever Made. She is also a regular judge on Guy Fieri's Guy's Grocery Games.


  1. ^ "Becoming an Iron Chef: Judy Joo ’97". Columbia Engineering. Spring_2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Former Goldman And Morgan Stanley Banker Explains The Lure Of Playboy Bunnies". Business Insider. February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Morgan Stanley Woman Turned Chef Lands Job at U.K. Playboy Club". Bloomberg News. Feb 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Judge: Judy Joo is a judge on season four of The Next Iron Chef". Food Network. 

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