Robert Austin Cho
Robert Austin Cho grew up in New Jersey during a time when people hardly knew the difference between Korea, China, Japan and let alone know what kimchi was. He found himself caught between two cultures. “My parents would bring kimchi everywhere we went, and I was ashamed. I just wanted to eat hotdogs and burgers like all the others (Americans).”
As he grew older, Chef Cho got more comfortable with his identity which is represented in his food. He is adamant that his food is #notfusion because he is not fusion. He is both 100% American and 100%Korean. Cho started Kimchi Smoke in 2013 as a mobile food stand and did various pops ups and food markets like Smorgasburg. He opened his first brick and mortar restaurant in 2016 and now has 2 locations in Westwood, NJ and Montclair, NJ.
When he is not working or smoking meats, he can be found home relaxing with his wife and 2 children.READ LESS