Sang's Open Road
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Los Angeles, CA
business, culinary school, Europe, expectations, finishing things, kicked out, learn by doing, motivation, parents, plan
- 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.