Simon Kim

Simon Kim is a Korean-American restaurateur ― the owner of Cote Korean Steakhouse in NYC. Cote, also Korean for "flower," is the first ever Michelin-starred Korean barbecue restaurant.

From his parents serendipitously running a Korean restaurant in Tribeca in the 90's to studying hospitality at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and running restaurants for other famed restaurateurs and chefs such as Steve Hanson (Blue Fin), Jean-Georges (The Mark), and Thomas Keller (Bouchon Bakery); Simon's story is that of a vibrant flower, one that has to go through struggles to become actualized.

This episode features behind the scenes stories of his NYC upbringing to opening his first restaurant, Piora, in the West Village and of course, Cote Korean Steakhouse. 

 Available on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.