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Jae Jung Biography – Jae Jung Wiki
Jae Jung is the chef and owner of KJUN, a Korean-Cajun pop-up in New York City. Originally from Seoul, Chef Jae left her family to come to the United States in 2009 to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans and fell in love with Cajun food while working in the kitchens of the city’s most-decorated restaurants, including August, Domenica, Herbsaint and Dooky Chase. During these formative years, Jae developed her distinctive Korean-Cajun flavors and techniques, as well as her deep commitment to the spirit of Southern cuisine and hospitality.
In 2014, Jae relocated to New York City to work in some of the city’s most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, including Oceana, Le Bernardin, the NoMad Restaurant, and most recently as the sous chef of the famed Café Boulud.
From 2012-2015, Jae traveled across the United States while hosting 20 culinary pop-up events with Dinner lab that showcased Korean cuisine with a New Orleans flare. The events were hosted in Chicago, Miami, Austin, Boston, Birmingham, New Orleans, Nashville, and New York. The pop-up event in New Orleans was featured in the New York Times in August of 2014. In 2018, Jae went on to create an interactive storytelling dinner series that shared her journey from her childhood in South Korea to culinary success in New York City entitled, “How do you hug a tiger?”. The series was featured on CBS News, Food & Wine magazine, Bon Appétit, and Eater, according to the Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE).
In the fall of 2019, Jae authored a chapter in the cookbook, A Place at the Table. This book was published by the Vilcek foundation, which is an organization that honors and raises awareness of foreign-born artists that contribute to the arts, science, and society of the United States. Jae was selected as one of the nation’s top 40 influential foreign-born chefs. In November of 2019, she appeared as a featured speaker at the 92Y Food summit along with other top chefs of New York City. Moderated by Julia Moskin from the New York Times, the 92Y Food summit was a symposium about immigrant chefs that have transformed American cuisine and featured their stories, challenges and personal journeys.
In December of 2019, Jae created a dinner course that was titled “Harmony of the Eight Provinces (Paldo)”, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The seven-course dinner aimed to highlight the distinct ingredients and dishes of eight historical provinces across North and South Korea to celebrate the diverse regional culinary arts within the country, according to the Korean Cultural Center New York.
In 2021, she launched her first startup, KJUN, introducing hungry New Yorkers to her distinctive blend of Korean and Cajun flavors, ingredients, and dishes. Her cuisine has been featured in the New York Times, Eater, FOOD & WINE Magazine, Bon Appétit Magazine, the New Yorker, and Bloomberg Pursuits, which recently named KJUN one of the Best New Restaurants in New York.
Chef Jae continues to be passionate about achieving uncompromising culinary excellence while maintaining the spirit of Southern hospitality and generosity in her personal life. She has a passion for showcasing and incorporating her South Korean heritage into her food and believes that this can contribute to the rich diversity in the culinary arts in the United States.
Jae Jung Top Chef
Chef Jae Jung will join 14 other chefs from around the country on the cooking competition series “Top Chef: Houston” on Bravo. The roster includes Ashleigh Shanti, Buddha Lo, Damarr Brown, Evelyn Garcia, Jackson Kalb, Jae Jung, Jo Chan, Leia Gaccione, Luke Kolpin, Monique Feybesse, Nick Wallace, Robert Hernandez, Sam Kang, Sarah Welch, and Stephanie Miller.
Jae Jung Age
Jae Jung’s age is unclear. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea.
Jae Jung Nationality
She is of Korean nationality.
Jae Jung Ethnicity
She is of Asian ethnicity.
Jae Jung Instagram
Jae Jung’s Instagram handle is @chefjaejung.