Location: New York City
Why He's Amazing: Because he's cooking fantastic Korean food, gastropub style.
Culinary School: The French Culinary Institute (New York City)
Background: Daniel, Masa (New York City)
Quintessential Dish: Spicy whelk salad with buckwheat noodles at Danji
Global Citizen: Born in Seoul, he moved to England when he was three, then to New York City at age 10.
Change of Plans: Kim was three years into medical school when he decided to quit to pursue cooking professionally. "I wanted a career where I could help people, but I found out I actually wanted to please people... Most people leave [Danji] happy and that means a lot."
Expansion: His second restaurant, a Korean joomak (a.k.a. tavern) called Hanjan, opened in December 2012.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.