Chef, restaurateur and TV personality Judy Joo spent years as an analyst at Morgan Stanley before deciding to pursue her true passion and enroll at the French Culinary Institute. Judy honed her skills, earned the title of valedictorian, and went on to work as a Recipe Developer at Saveur Magazine, and – after an across-the-pond move to London – she was afforded the chance to rotate extensively through a number of the restaurants in the Gordon Ramsay Group, including Maze, Claridge’s, Petrus and Boxwood Café. After two years working in the Ramsay empire, Judy competed for and won the UK version of ‘Iron Chef,’ becoming one of four chefs to hold the title.
As host of Cooking Channel’s “Korean Food Made Simple”, Judy is a culinary ambassador for Korean cuisine who brings the robust flavours of her native country into home kitchens each week. In 2014, Judy opened her first London restaurant, Jinjuu (Korean for “Pearl”), which offers both traditional and contemporary fare inspired by her Korean-American heritage and in December 2015, she opened a second Jinjuu outpost in Hong Kong. Judy is launching her first cookbook, Korean Food Made Simple (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) on May 3, 2016.