Edward Young-min Kwon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kwon.

Edward Young-min Kwon (born February 10, 1972)[1] is a South Korean celebrity chef 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]


Kwon was raised in Gangneung, a seaside town on the eastern coast of South Korea. Prior to his career as a culinary chef, he received an education at Gangneung Yeongdong College.[2] Kwon had started his career at the Ritz-Carlton in Seoul and in 2001, transferred to San Francisco to work at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.[3] At age 32, Kwon decided to move back to South Korea to assume the position of executive sous chef at the W Hotel in Seoul.[3] Soon after, Kwon went to China, and later became the hotel head chef at the Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai.[3] In 2009, Kwon returned to Seoul .[3] As of 2011, he hosted his own television show, Yes Chef.[4]


Kwon owns three restaurants in Seoul. Eddie's Café, located in the Gangnam District, is a restaurant that offers European/Western style food at a mid-range price.[5] Located in Hannam-dong 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]


  1. ^ a b Ang, Eve. "Chef Edward Kwon: On a Mission to Globalize Korean Cuisine." CNNGo. 25 May 2011. Web. 06 Sept. 2011.
  2. ^ Sae, Il-ho. "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.