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Joe Choi

Culinologist

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Hometown:

Joe was born and raised in Spokane, WA and studied at Washington State University in Pullman, WA before moving to New York for Culinary School at The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park. After that he came back to the great Pacific Northwest where he now calls home.

What Inspires Me:

The why and how of food is what really inspires Joe. Understanding why different flavors interact and learning the different methods of how food interacts with different tools and techniques. Also the community and fellowship that comes with sharing a meal with the people around you is something that he believe is at the heart of our society. Cooking and sharing a meal with your loved ones is one of the most loving things we do as humans.

Guiltiest Food Pleasure:

He loves fast food. Being a chef working long hours and late nights he grew to appreciate the convenience of the drive thru.

Areas of Specialization:

Joe is always thinking about how something is made and what goes into it and how he can push the boundaries or how he could fix or improve it. Working in restaurants has taught Joe how to proactively think through problems that haven't occurred yet just to be prepared. The possibilities are always limited to what he knows is available around him.

When I'm Not In the Office:

Joe is a self-proclaimed home body but occasionally can be found at the gym, at the driving range, or snowboarding on of Washington's amazing mountains.

Education:

  • A.O.S. Culinary Arts - The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
  • B.P.S. Culinary Science The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry - Washington State University, Pullman, WA

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