Judy Joo

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Judy Joo
Judy Joo, Chef, Writer and TV Personality.jpg
Judy Joo, Chef, Writer and TV Personality
EducationKent Place School, Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science;
French Culinary Institute
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
    • Seoul Bird, London
Television show(s)
    • Korean Food Made Simple, S1 & S2 (host, chef)
    • Kitchen Inferno (resident judge)
    • Iron Chef UK (Iron Chef)
    • Iron Chef America (judge, challenger)
    • Next Iron Chef (resident judge)
    • Guy's Grocery Games (judge)
    • Best Thing I Ever Ate (chef)
    • Best Thing I Ever Made (chef)
Award(s) won
  • Official "Hansik" Food Ambassador- the Korean Food Foundation, Best Standalone Restaurant (Jinjuu Soho)- Bar and Restaurant Design Awards, Best Korean Restaurant (Jinjuu Hong Kong)- Tatler Magazine, Michelin Guide Plate (Jinjuu Soho) 2015-2018, Exceptional Travel and Hospitality Award- 21st Century Icon Awards

Judy Joo is a 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 her restaurant Seoul Bird in London. Joo splits her time between New York City, London, and Asia.


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 then Morgan Stanley as an institutional fixed income derivatives saleswoman.[2][3]

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".[4]

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.[4] In January 2015, she opened up her own restaurant in London called Jinjuu in Soho. Jinjuu was widely recognized to be London's premier modern Korean restaurant. 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 resident judge on season four of the Food Network show The Next Iron Chef.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Becoming an Iron Chef: Judy Joo '97". Columbia Engineering. Spring 2011.
  2. ^ "Former Goldman And Morgan Stanley Banker Explains The Lure Of Playboy Bunnies". Business Insider. February 8, 2011. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Morgan Stanley Woman Turned Chef Lands Job at U.K. Playboy Club". Bloomberg News. February 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Judge: Judy Joo is a judge on season four of The Next Iron Chef". Food Network.

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