“To me, Korean food is not just about cooking and being a chef, it is about the love of family, culture, respect of my heritage and that is who I am personally and professionally,” Esther says. “I want everyone to fall in love with Korean food and culture and that is my ultimate goal.”
Since the 2014 opening of her first venture, Mokbar, Esther has been hailed as a New Rising Chef by Food Republic and in 2015 was named a Zagat 30 under 30 “Rock Stars Redefining the Industry”. Mokkbar was also acclaimed as the Village Voice’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Best New Restaurant & awarded Best Kimchi in 2015 ...
Through cooking and conversation, chef Esther Choi dives deep into the rich world of Korean-American culture.
Esther invites guests to open up as she cooks their favorite Korean dishes, drawing on traditional family recipes she’s refined at her restaurants Mŏkbar and Ms. Yoo. Esther and her guest dive into topics ranging from food to family, from K-pop to K-dramas, and from fashion to sexuality, plastic surgery, adoption and more – all to explore what being Korean in America means today.
Chef Esther is proud to cook for private events & to have her Mokbar team to service all of your catering needs…from weddings, holiday parties, office meetings and special events. We will cater to your specific needs!
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