50 episodes

Korean-American host and producer Arnold Byun welcomes Asian-American restaurateurs, chefs, founders, and tastemakers to share conversations and insights on culinary entrepreneurship, hyphenated identity, and food culture.

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    • 4.6 • 30 Ratings

Korean-American host and producer Arnold Byun welcomes Asian-American restaurateurs, chefs, founders, and tastemakers to share conversations and insights on culinary entrepreneurship, hyphenated identity, and food culture.

    Corey Chow with Per Se

    Corey Chow with Per Se

    Corey Chow is the Chef de Cuisine at Per Se, a 3-Michelin starred restaurant in New York City from Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. Growing up in San Gabriel Valley, Corey spent weekends at his grandparents' where he learned the importance of food and the connection it has to culture. His original path would've had him in education, teaching children; however, a transformative time in Alan Wong's restaurant In Hawaii soon changed the course of his career. In a decade, he rose the ranks of Per Se from a Commis to Chef de Cuisine and now even as a co-author of The French Laundry, Per Se cookbook, available at the Finesse Store here. Follow Corey Chow at @coreydchow and Per Se at @perseny.

    • 50 min
    Lydia Lin with Steep LA

    Lydia Lin with Steep LA

    Lydia is the Co-Owner of Steep in LA’s Chinatown. We converse on her concept and definition of a “modern tea room,” how they approach tea ceremonies, her trips to China to source directly, the sensation of being tea drunk, and navigating her business through COVID-19.

    • 40 min
    Jing Gao with Fly By Jing

    Jing Gao with Fly By Jing

    Jing Gao is the Founder and CEO of Fly By Jing. Gao was born in Chengdu, identifying as Chinese Canadian, has lived in and hopped around a number of countries, and now calls Los Angeles her home.   We discuss Gao's reclamation of her birth name, her culinary journey throughout Asia working at P&G and Blackberry, writing for international food publications while exploring Chinese cuisine more deeply, to filming Eddie Huang's Fresh Off the Boat and Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmerman. Her a-ha moment finally presented itself at a natural food expo which led to the creation of her dream CPG company. With Fly By Jing, she continues unapologetically turn biases on its head, driving exposure and understanding of the depth and breadth of Chinese cuisine and culture.

    • 54 min
    Johnny Lee with Pearl River Deli

    Johnny Lee with Pearl River Deli

    Johnny Lee is the Chef/Owner of Pearl River Deli. Lee is a Los Angeles native whose humble beginnings started at McDonalds to working front of house as a waiter and restaurant manager at a Chinese restaurant in Colorado. His love for the hospitality business grew from these experiences and led him back to LA at the time when food trucks were booming. We fast-forward to Lee running the kitchens at Sticky Rice and Alvin Cailan's Eggslut in Grand Central Market before finally creating his own pop-up; which was so successful at the peak of the pandemic that it evolved into his brick and mortar restaurant located in the Far East Plaza in Chinatown. Lee also shares with us his dream of having a sustainable restaurant.

    • 41 min
    Jenny Dorsey with Studio ATAO

    Jenny Dorsey with Studio ATAO

    Jenny Dorsey is a bi-coastal chef, food writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur. Dorsey owns Studio ATAO, a nonprofit community think tank that creates content and experiences at the intersection of food, art and social impact. She started her career as a management consultant in the fashion industry but discovered her true calling in culinary arts after taking a sabbatical to explore food interests. We dig into her backstory and discuss topics like the need to exercise creative muscle, hospitality being based off of a slave labor society, white and asian fragility, changing the food narrative, and much more.

    • 40 min
    David Kuo with Little Fatty

    David Kuo with Little Fatty

    David Kuo is Chef/Owner of Little Fatty, a Taiwanese soul food restaurant located in Mar Vista, California. A California native whose passion for cooking and food was influenced by his family's traditional cooking as well as watching Food Network & Iron Chef growing up. Kuo spent some time in real estate before following his dream of owning a restaurant, but it didn't come easy; as he refers to it as the school of hard knocks. Through these experiences he was able to glean insights into successfully running a restaurant business among other food related ventures.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Father Stev ,

So good!

I love this podcast. Great conversations, stories and insights. Keep up the great work, Arnold!!

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Kevin Liang Episode

Great episode, informative insight into Kevin‘s business. Audio echo very disruptive, otherwise great content.

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Love Season 2

I found S2’s episodes to be especially compelling and honest. Loved the one with Kyo Pang. Thank you for the work you do! Looking forward to S3.

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