Celebrity Chef Roy Choi to Give Cooking Demonstration at ici®

Posted 3/1/2019

​Ankeny Demonstration Follows ciWeek Presentation at West Campus


Roy Choi, celebrity chef and one of the world’s 100 most influential people (Time Magazine) and Food and Wine Magazine’s 2010 top ten “Best New Chefs,” will be giving a talk and cooking demonstration at the DMACC Iowa Culinary Institute.

Roy Choi is a celebrity Korean-American chef who gained prominence as one of the founders of the gourmet food truck movement.  Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Los Angeles, Choi became fascinated with Emeril Lagasse’s "Essence of Emeril show," which inspired him to enroll in culinary school. After working as a chef in a variety of restaurants in both New York and Los Angeles, he created and co-founded the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi.
Choi was named one of the top ten "Best New Chefs" of 2010 by Food and Wine magazine, and Time magazine included him in their TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world for both 2011 and 2016. At the time, fellow chef Anthony Bourdain wrote that "Roy Choi first changed the world when he elevated the food-truck concept from 'roach coach' to highly sought-after, ultra-hot-yet-democratic rolling restaurant." His cookbook/memoir L.A. Son was a New York Times best seller in 2013, and his restaurant, Locol, received the first ever LA Times Restaurant of the Year Award in 2017.
The Jon Favreau movie, Chef (2014), was loosely inspired by Roy and the food truck movement. Roy worked as a technical advisor to Favreau on cooking and restaurant scenes and appears in the end credits. Favreau both toured and trained in several of Roy’s restaurants and kitchens.

Iowa Culinary Institute® (ICI®), Bldg. #7, DMACC Ankeny Campus

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6

Choi is one of the featured speakers at the 10th annual Celebrate! Innovation® Week, also known as ciWeek 10, being held March 4-8 at the DMACC West Des Moines campus. Choi will deliver a keynote address at 11:30 a.m.,
Wed., March 6. 

John Andres, Director of the Iowa Culinary Institute®, (515) 964-6624 or jrandres@dmacc.edu, or
                     Dan Ivis, (515) 965-7029, cell (515) 238-5358; drivis@dmacc.edu 

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