February 7, 1976 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||College of William and Mary|
Kelly Choi (born February 7, 1976) is the former host of Bravo TV's Top Chef spin-off, Top Chef Masters, which premiered on June 10, 2009. Choi is also an Emmy-award winning Korean-American television personality on NYC TV, one of the broadcast stations of NYC Media Group, the television and media network owned by the City of New York.
Born in Seoul, she was a pre-schooler when she moved to the United States with her family. Before her graduate studies, Choi, who stands at 5 ft 10 in. tall, was a model with Elite Models and also worked as a VJ for MTV Korea.
Choi co-produced the first season and hosted all eighteen episodes of the documentary series Secrets of New York, most of which were nationally distributed by PBS. Choi also created and produces Eat Out NY, another NYC TV program in which she stars as the host and guide to the city's restaurants. She has also appeared in numerous other specials and programs at NYC TV such as hosting the James Beard Award, as well as various other food and fashion-driven programs.
In 2006, as part of a unique content-sharing arrangement between NYC TV and NBC's flagship station WNBC, Eat Out NY and Kelly Choi became popular fixtures of the Tri-State Region's noontime viewing.
Choi has also appeared on the TV Guide Channel as an entertainment reporter, and has been a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, an occasional guest correspondent on the Maury Povich Show, and a judge on the Food Network's Iron Chef America.
Kelly Choi has received multiple local Emmy nominations from the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She won a New York Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for her show, Eat Out NY, in 2009.
- Meet Kelly Choi, Host of 'Top Chef Masters'
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- "52nd Annual New York Emmy Awards". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter. February 12, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009.