Edward Young-min Kwon

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Edward Young-min Kwon (Born February 10, 1972)[1] is a celebrity chef in Korea who has made a mission for himself to globalize Korean cuisine. Kwon has held many senior chef positions in luxury hotels in the United States, China, and the Middle East.[1]


Chef Edward Kwon was raised in Gangneung, a seaside town that is found on the Eastern coast of South Korea. Prior to his career as a culinary chef, he had received an education at Gangneung Yeongdong College.[2] Kwon had started his career at the Ritz-Carlton in Seoul, Korea and in 2001, transferred to San Francisco to work at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.[3] At age 32, Kwon had decided to move back to Korea to assume the position of Executive sous chef at W Hotel in Seoul.[3] Soon after, Kwon went to China, and later became “ Hotel Head Chef” at the Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai.[3] In 2009, Chef Edward Kwon returned to Seoul .[3] Currently(2010-2011), Edward Kwon hosts his own television show, “Yes Chef".[4]


Edward Kwon owns three restaurants in Korea. Eddie’s Café, located in Gangnam, Korea, is a restaurant that offers European/Western style food at a mid ranged price.[5] Located in Hannam-dong, Korea is a restaurant called "The Mixed One". The Mixed One is a California Multi cuisine bistro offering reasonable prices.[5] The third restaurant, Lab XXIV, located in Cheongdam, Dong, features contemporary European styled cuisine.[6]


Edward Kwon has two children. One of them is Aaron Colin Kwon, and his younger brother Chase Kwon. They both go to YISS or Yongsan International School of Seoul.


  1. ^ a b Ang, Eve. "Chef Edward Kwon: On a Mission to Globalize Korean Cuisine." CNNGo. 25 May 2011. Web. 06 Sept. 2011.
  2. ^ Il-ho, Sae. "Edward Kwon “I Want to Work to Globalize Korean Food"" Korea Focus. 4 Jan. 2009. Web. 6 Sept. 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Koehler, Robert. “Seoul Selection”.
  4. ^ "Wrath of Kwon." The Straits Times: n/a. ProQuest Central. Apr 24 2011. Web. 6 Sep. 2011
  5. ^ a b "Edward Kwon of Seoul." Seoul in the City. 27 Mar. 2010. Web. 12 Sept. 2011.
  6. ^ "Review: Edward Kwon's Lab XXIV." Expat. Souleats, 20 July 2011. Web. 12 Sept. 2011.