K-Pod Ep. 12: Eunjo Park (Chef)



Eunjo “Jo” Park is the executive chef at Kāwi, the fine-dining Korean restaurant opened by David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group in New York City. Jo is at the forefront of a growing group of chefs putting modern Korean food on the map. After culinary school at CIA she climbed the ranks in some of the best kitchens in the country, including Daniel, Per Se and Momofuku Ko. She tells Catherine and Juliana about her childhood in rural Korea, learning to cook for herself while her parents ran a dry cleaners, a devastating injury early on in her career, and the challenges lying ahead.

Follow Eunjo Park @eunjoful

Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
Editor: AJ Valente
Producer: Jessica Park
Executive Producer: HJ Lee


K-Pod, a production of KoreanAmericanStory.org, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.

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Juliana Sohn has photographed portraits, interiors, food, travel, and documentary for New York Times, T Style Magazine, Topic Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair and many others. Her personal work highlights the stories of young people. You can follow her on Instagram @juliana_sohn and @anditwasalright. Check out her website at julianasohn.com.


Catherine Hong has worked as an editor at Vogue, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Us Weekly, W magazine, and InStyle. These days she’s a freelance writer focusing on design, food and children’s books. You can follow her on instagram @catherinehong100.