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Chef Revelations – Joo Won, Galvin at Windows

17 January 2014
Chef Revelations – Joo Won, Galvin at Windows

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Coffee.

What was your best subject at school?
I don't really remember what I was the best at, but do remember I had real problems with history.

What was your first job?
Waiter at my friend's sister's café.

What was your first job in catering? Part-time assistant chef at a resort hotel in Engelberg, Switzerland. Probably the best example of a work/life balance.

What do you do to relax? Sit on my favourite sofa. Most of the time I fall asleep within a couple of minutes, with the TV on.

If you had more time, what would you do? I would have proper time for just me and my wife.

What's your favourite hotel?

What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Thai cuisine. Of course, Korean
and French as well, but it was an eye-opening experience the first day I tasted Thai food. I still remember that refreshingly beautiful aroma.

What is your favourite drink?
I don't drink much, but I recently started 
to like gin and tonic.

What flavour combinations do you detest? Dried fruit, alcohol and spice - Christmas puddings or mince pies. They're just not for me.

Which person in catering have
you most admired? Jiro Ono, the 86-year-old sushi master who has a 10-seat restaurant in Tokyo.

When did you last eat a burger? A mini canapé burger at Galvin 
at Windows, a few weeks ago.

What is your favourite prepared product? Canned peaches; I just love them.

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? My favourite sofa, but I'd need someone to carry it for me.

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? Before I was into catering, I was very interested in industrial design, but
I went for cooking in the end.

What irritates you most about
the industry? People trying to jump too high without good foundation or an understanding of sacrifice of time and blood. You must have a strong foundation of basic cooking, skill and knowledge.

What's your favourite film? Trainspotting - Ewan McGregor became my favourite actor after that.

When and where was your last holiday? Last summer in my home 
country, Korea.

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