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Food preacher: Chef Edward Kwon’s quest to globalize Korean food

Food preacher: Chef Edward Kwon’s quest to globalize Korean food

With decades of experience in the kitchens of luxury hotels in South Korea, the United States and the United Arab Emirates — where he served as head chef at Burj Al Arab — celebrity chef Edward Kwon has proven that he’s comfortable in a toque and apron.

But he’s also demonstrated skills as a savvy businessman, whether as the star of a Korean cooking show, the author of multiple books or the CEO of food and dining company EK Food.
But before Kwon’s culinary career kicked off — he’s founder and head of restaurant Lab XXIV in Seoul and Elements by Edward Kwon in Moscow — he had a different plan for his life.
“Please don’t laugh about it — I wanted to be a priest when I was a kid,” Kwon tells CNN.
Kwon is still devoted to preaching — but these days he’s singing the praises of Korean food.
“I’m trying to globalize Korean food,” he says.
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