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Judy Joo, Chef, Writer and TV Personality
|Education||Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey, U.S.|
Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science;
French Culinary Institute
Judy Joo is a Korean American chef and television personality. She is best known as being the host of Food Network's "Korean Food Made Simple" and an Iron Chef UK and is the Chef Patron of Jinjuu Restaurant in London and Hong Kong. Joo splits her time between New York City, London, and Asia.
Joo graduated from Columbia University 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 then Morgan Stanley as an institutional fixed income derivatives saleswoman.
However, she switched careers and began working as a chef after attending The French Culinary Institute, (Pastry Arts) in 2004 and graduating at the top of her class. She then went to work at Saveur magazine in the test kitchens as well as in editorial. She also worked at Slow Food USA, where she founded their first inner city Slow Food in Schools program, "Harvest Time in Harlem".
A move to London led her to restaurants, where she worked at Gordon Ramsay's restaurants, including Maze, Petrus, Gordon Ramsay Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and The Boxwood Café. She has also completed "stages" in the restaurants The French Laundry and The Fat Duck. In January 2015, she opened up her own restaurant in London called Jinjuu in Soho. Prior to that she was the executive chef for the Playboy Club London. In December 2015, Jinjuu launched a second location in Hong Kong.
She notably delivered the key note Commencement address to her alma mater, Columbia University, in May 2018. Link to her speech.
Joo was one of the four Iron Chefs on the cooking show Iron Chef UK and was a resident judge on season four of the Food Network show The Next Iron Chef. 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), and Season 2 of the same title on Food Network worldwide. 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. Joo also makes regular guest appearances on various TV shows, radio and digital videos in USA, UK and in Asia.
Her first book, "Korean Food Made Simple", was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA) and Jacqui Small Publishing (UK) in May 2016.
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- "Morgan Stanley Woman Turned Chef Lands Job at U.K. Playboy Club". Bloomberg News. February 7, 2011.
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