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Esther Choi

Mokbar

Biography

Mŏkbar chef /owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean-native grandmother. So while Esther was born in New Jersey and her early childhood spent in the state’s ocean-side town of Egg Harbor, Esther was always keenly aware of her Korean heritage. That awareness morphed into immersion when her family moved to... READ MORE

Mŏkbar chef /owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean-native grandmother. So while Esther was born in New Jersey and her early childhood spent in the state’s ocean-side town of Egg Harbor, Esther was always keenly aware of her Korean heritage. That awareness morphed into immersion when her family moved to Korea for three years, because her parents wanted to assure their children would cherish Korean culture. Their goal was enthusiastically embraced by Esther, whose mission is to broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture through her food.

Esther’s formal training as a chef began at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), continuing in the kitchens of ilili and La Esquina, as well as that of the Food Network. However, Esther began her professional education at 14 when she started working part-time in restaurants.

Since the 2014 opening of her first venture, Mŏkbar, Esther has been hailed as a “New Rising Chef” by Food Republic and in 2015 was named a “Zagat 30 under 30” NYC Culinary Rockstar. Mŏkbar was also acclaimed as the Village Voice’s 2014 Reader’s Choice “Best New Restaurant” and was awarded “Best Kimchi” in 2015 by Epoch Taste.

Now Esther has expanded the Mŏkbar brand with the debut of Mŏkbar Brooklyn across Flatbush Avenue from The Barclays Center. There, she focuses on serving authentic Korean soul food the way it is presented in Korea with multiple harmonious vegetable-driven small dishes called “Banchan”, accompanying various protein staples.

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Dinner with Esther Choi and Masaharu Morimoto

Intimate Dinners

Sat, Oct 15

7:00 PM

Intimate Dinners

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