Roy Choi credits two events as turning points in his life.
The Los Angeles-based chef, best known for his gourmet taco truck, Kogi BBQ, traveled a bumpy road to his culinary career. In his mid-20s, poor decisions and “a lot of addictions” burned pretty much every bridge. Then, one day, he was lying on the couch watching “Essence of Emeril” on TV, featuring chef Emeril Lagasse.
“It was one of those epiphany moments,” Roy, 43, recalled. “I felt he was talking to me. I didn’t have a purpose in life. I didn’t have a way to channel what I was feeling inside. The moment I saw that show, I felt like this is something I want to do.”
The epiphany is one moment he writes about in his new book -- part memoir, part cookbook -- called “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.” Long after that transformative moment in front of the television propelled him to the Culinary Institute of America and a series of restaurant jobs, including one at New York’s famed Le Bernardin, Choi got the chance to tellRead More »from Chef Roy Choi: ‘Emeril’s Show Saved a Knucklehead’s Life’