Jiho Kim

Jiho Kim

Chef/Owner at Joomak Banjum

The biggest lesson that I have learned is that "No matter what, the day is done." Keep your head down and work hard, but do not let anxiety get the better of you. At the end of the day, no matter what has happened, you will have gotten through it. Don’t stress too much in that moment; when you are happy, you will be able to bring excellence to what you are doing.

Frank McClelland, one of my mentors, told me “I should never look as others look, try to find a different vision which people can’t see.”
I keep my team inspired by showing them how much I care about the finished product and my career.
I find inspiration ​for what I do everywhere! I'm not kidding!
I read a lot of savory cookbooks and then try to adapt those techniques, ingredients, and recipes for sweet and dessert applications.
The recent trend and enthusiasm in the industry toward Asian food and ingredients is very exciting.
I think the books that you need to have are the El Bulli cookbooks. They are essential.
Guest feedback is what drives me forward and inspires me to continue to work and excel.
I look for people who are eager to learn and have a positive attitude. Anyone can learn to do the job if they are passionate and willing to learn they will succeed.
​The most important skills to have are a positive outlook, the belief that you can figure out how to make anything you dream up, and the willingness to take on whatever, whenever.

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