Sang's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Speedbump

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

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SANG YOON

Restaurateur/Chef
Father's Office

“Oftentimes we are imprisoned by the opinions that we may be disappointing others...we really need to be selfish.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Desire Determination Experience Failure Family Individualism Risk Success

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

business, culinary school, Europe, expectations, finishing things, kicked out, learn by doing, motivation, parents, plan

BIOGRAPHY:

  • His father was a newspaper publisher in South Korea and his mother ran Chanel in Paris.
  • As the son of two such high-powered parents, his dream of becoming a chef was not well-received.
  • His parents accused him of wanting to be part of "the help," a derogatory term for domestic assistance.
  • At school, his dreams were equally challenged: he was thrown out of culinary school because he refused to wear the paper chef's hat.
  • He never returned to school, and instead forged his own path, apprenticing in Europe for over two years for renowned chefs.
  • Eventually, he became the executive chef at the esteemed Michael's Restaurant in Santa Monica and New York.
  • He became complacent with his work and yearned for something different and exciting; started Father's Office, a bar and restaurant known for its craft beers.
  • Says going from fine dining to a bar sounds like a downgrade, but it's actually an exciting challenge that he enjoys every day.

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