Chef Yim Jung Sik began his culinary journey during his army days. His talent was recognized by the commanding officer who made him his personal chef. The experience inspired Yim to learn to cook professionally, eventually leading him to the renowned Culinary Institute of America, where he was introduced to the intricacies of fine Western cooking. This was followed by apprenticeships at leading New York restaurants Aquavit and Bouley. In 2007, he relocated to Spain where he apprenticed at 2 star Michelin-rated Zuberoa followed by a stint at 3 star Michelin-rated Akelarre. He returned to Seoul and in February, 2009 he opened his near-eponymous restaurant Jung Sik Dang instantly wowing gourmands with his innovative take on what he termed “New Korean”. The New York Times states: “It was only a matter of time before Korean cuisine got the nouvelle treatment, and a pioneer in this growing movement is Jung Sik Dang.”
specialist--He learned to manage a team of chefs and oversee the daily operations of the kitchen. Before his current role as a Sous Chef at Jungsik, he slowly built his way up from a line cook to innovate and elevate Jungsik’s culinary offerings. Outside of the kitchen, he enjoys exploring new restaurants and trying new dishes to keep fresh perspectives in his cooking.